The addition of Golden Tate will go a long way in improving an offense that has lacked consistency and production, but the Lions receiving corps is still lacking a guy that can dominant the game like a true number one wide out, should Calvin Johnson miss time. With big Joe Fauria, Brandon Pettigrew, and Kris Durham the Lions have size, but lack a consistent threat across the middle at wide receiver. With an addition like Brandin Cooks, 2013 Biletnikoff winner, Matthew Stafford would have a reliable, proven, and versatile option that would round out the offensive skill positions.
Notable Combine Measurables
40-Yd Dash: 4.33 secs
20-Yd Shuttle: 3.81 secs
60-Yd Shuttle: 10.72 secs
3-Cone Drill: 6.76 secs
Vertical Jump: 36.0″
Broad Jump: 120.0″
225-lb Bench Press: 16 reps
Traits and Projected Round
Brandin Cooks is the ideal slot receiver in today’s NFL with electrifying speed, exceptional route running, great footwork and displays a good pair of hands. Despite his slight stature and frame, Cooks is one of the more physical receivers in this class when the ball is in the air. When watching film on Cooks, his speed and his ability to go up high and catch the ball in double and even triple coverage stood out most. The only glaring weakness that could be a major concern in the NFL is his inability to get off a jam in press coverage and his slight frame which generally leads to injuries.
In Cooks’ final two seasons at Oregon State he had 195 catches (128 last season alone), 2,881 yards receiving (1,700 last season), and 21 touchdowns (16 last season). What Cooks was able to do his sophomore year was impressive, but with the departure of Markus Wheaton, Oregon State’s top option, Cooks only got better. When pairing his combine performance with his unbelievable junior campaign, it’s difficult to project Cooks outside of the first round.
Why The Lions Could Draft Brandin Cooks
It’s hard to see the Lions taking Cooks with the 10th overall pick when Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans could potentially be on the board. It’s more likely that the Lions would land Cooks in a scenario that involved them trading down, somewhere in the 20s.
By acquiring Cooks, the Lions would have another versatile weapon, much like Tavon Austin, who the Lions had interest in a season ago. This would allow Golden Tate to play on the outside opposite of Calvin Johnson, where Tate is at his best.