My personal 2014 draft crush is official. While I would love nothing more than Marquis Lee falling to us in the 1st (or far enough so we can trade up with a 1st and 3rd to grab him), I would love to either trade back or trade up to a spot in the top 40 to draft Brandin Cooks.
Brandin Cooks isn't that 6'5 target that everyone wants, but to be honest there aren't any 6'5 targets in this draft that are better prospects than Jonathan Baldwin was coming out and we have him on our roster. There is no Calvin Johnson or AJ Green in this draft, but Cooks has the potential to be a Steve Smith. He has everything it takes to be a successful NFL wr: elite quickness, crisp route running, dynamic athlete, ability to consistently separate, good hands, elite after the catch, good character, well built, solid blocker, consistent production, and confident. This is the athlete/playmaker we've been missing on offense and the type of player we've passed over year over year. Hopefully we wise up and pull the trigger in the late 1st/early 2nd. The fact that he was so productive with a crappy qb situation at Oregon State makes you wonder what he could do with a legitimate qb that can get him the ball in space. He also can add value as a returner.
From CBS Sports:
Cooks really burst onto the scene in 2012 as a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award after posting 1,151 receiving yards. Anyone concerned that Cooks' numbers were inflated while playing opposite Markus Wheaton had their fears curbed in 2013, when Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award after leading the FBS with 1,670 receiving yards during the regular season.
5'10, 180 lbs
PS. Most of the below highlights (especially the first 30 seconds) don't do him justice because they only show the separation on under-thrown/late passes, not just how badly he beat his man before the ball got there.
[ Edited by 49oz2superbowl on Jan 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM ]