Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Just the same way I said that Justin Hunter wasn't going to happen, I don't think Cooks is going to happen. He is truly special, when it comes to being a horrible, atrocious blocker. Bad technique and little to no effort to block, in this offense, where EVERY receiver blocks, not sure how he fits. Compared to the LSU guys who excel in pretty much every facet as receivers, I do think that Cooks leaves a bit to be desired.
He's similar to Antonio Brown in some ways, also similar to Desean Jackson, but looks to be primarily a slot guy in the NFL. The blocking though is an issue definitely, its not just that he needs to be coached up, he gave halfhearted efforts at blocking at best....that won't fly in those offense.
Those are definitely fair criticisms regarding blocking. With that said, picking at the end of the first round we need to pick our tradeoffs in players. A player with his speed/quickness/production game AND blocking ability would be out of our reach in the 1st round. What I like about Cooks is that he is arguably the best player in the draft in the trait we lack most in our wr corp and offense. While Antonio Browns and Desean Jacksons are not well-rounded they do help the passing game immensely and even the running game by being able to stretch the field. He's a guy we would want to put in motion prior to the snap (similar to how he was played in college) to help avoid the jam by the Seattle db's, but once you get him going he has the skillset to beat that Seattle secondary and force their safeties to play off.