Originally posted by Scoots:
I don't want Cooks in the 1st round. Name the last small (5'10" or under) WR taken in the 1st round that earned that pick in their career?
Percy Harvin? Yeah, he's been a great help to the Seahawks for the last 2 years ... he's played in all 16 games once in his career thus far.
Santonio Holmes? Played in all 16 once in his career.
Santana Moss ... actually played in all 16 5 times in his career and was a good player ... I never felt that he was a particularly great player, but he's the most recent "small" WR who has lived up to his draft pick.
How good a player doesn't matter if you can't suit up on sunday, and the smaller guys get hurt more often. Not always, but more often than not.
Steve Smith was taken in the 3rd round because of his height ... and he's way outplayed his draft position, but that's not the way to bet, and as good as he's been he's only played in 87.5% of his team's games.
The list of "great" WRs includes one guy less than 6' tall and that's Steve Largent and he was taken in the 4th round.
Jerry Rice is a freak and managed to play in 95% of his team's games over his career with all but one missed game being in the year Sapp tore up his knee with an illegal play. Calvin Johnson is at 94.6%. Larry Fitzgerald 97.5%. Great WRs are on the field ... small WRs tend to spend more time off the field.
Another data point from long ago in Baalke's scouting blog he said he didn't see the logic in ever drafting a small WR early. I was confused by Jenkins and he was bigger than Cooks ... I don't think Baalke's going to do it again.
Sorry, but I don't agree with this post at all.
If the only knock you have on Cooks is his height, then you don't have any argument at all.
Cooks is durable, didn't have a history of injury problems in his time at OSU while playing as the starting WR.
However both Harvin and Moss did have injuries in college that carried over to the NFL.
I don't know where you are pulling these stats from. Not to mention you switch your argument from height to injuries and it gets somewhat confusing.
Also, comparing Cooks to future HOF Calvin and Fitz is way off base. Not to mention Rice?
I think you need to realize that we are not drafting Cooks to start. Yes, he probably will start in our 3 WR set formations, probably on 3rd and long, and whenever Boldin needs a break... But he isn't going to be in that much. Cooks is a guy we can have come in and expand our vertical threat, not take hits every down like Crabtree (how has his durability been btw?) or Boldin.
Look at what guys like Cobb, Hilton, and Austin have done for their offense... Thats what we need Cooks to do; the required skill set at the slot position luckily doesn't depend on height.
[ Edited by Quest4six on Apr 30, 2014 at 1:27 PM ]