As the NFL Draft inches closer, there appear to be more signs that the Philadelphia Eagles are so enamored with Brandin Cooks that the organization will make him the selection at No. 22 of the first round.
If the Eagles do that — and this is a big if because Cooks could be gone before then — what they have said for the last month about DeSean Jackson will be a crock of who-know-what. That’s because Cooks is essentially Jackson 2.0, meaning the same height (5-foot-10), weight (170) and speed (4.33-sec 40 time).
Cooks and Jackson are basically the same player: an explosive small receiver who stretches the field but does not fit head coach Chip Kelly’s philosophy that “good big people beat up good little people.”
That would be interesting because the Eagles would have gotten rid of a guy to waste a first-round pick to replace him with a similar, almost identical player even though the team could have potentially used the pick to draft someone like QB Johnny Manziel or an impact player on the defensive side of the ball.
The company line for the last couple of weeks on Jackson was that his release was not because of alleged gang affiliations or the occasional sideline blowup, but that it was a “football decision.” This is the reasoning Kelly and owner Jeff Lurie and GM Howie Roseman gave to the press. Presumably, what they mean by football is that Kelly wants to get bigger and more physical on that side of the field.
After all that was said, though, if the Eagles pick Cooks, all of the NFL will know that Jackson’s release was anything but a football decision.