After the departure of Lance Moore and Darren Sproles, the New Orleans Saints made it clear that they would target a playmaker in the 2014 NFL Draft. Well, the Saints did just that when they moved up to the 20th overall pick and selected the speedy Brandin Cooks.
A product of Oregon State, Cooks enters the NFL as the fastest wide receiver in his class and is expected to make an immediate contribution to the Saints’ high-powered offense. For now he sits behind Marques Colston and Kenny Stills on the depth chart, but the Saints run three-receiver sets more often than two, so his presence will be felt right away.
Once training camp kicks off, I expect Cooks to be one of Drew Brees‘ top targets. His 4.33-second 40-yard dash and excellent route running skills grant him the uncanny ability to separate from defenders. Cooks just may be the most versatile athlete New Orleans has seen since Reggie Bush.
He shined at rookie minicamp, but was unavailable for the first round of OTAs last week. During that time, Cooks was participating in a rookie marketing gathering and also had to finish up his junior year at Oregon State. The second round of OTAs begin on Tuesday for the Saints, and he is expected to be a full participant.
Cooks will look to light it up his first year wearing the black and gold. OTAs and training camp will be the first step towards an outstanding career in the Big Easy.