Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Daily draft dish: Brandin cooks at WR
By Rich Cimini
With draft day (May 8) rapidly approaching, we'll whet your apppetite with a daily factoid, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information. We'll keep it New York Jets-centric, sticking to team needs, possible selections, trends, etc.
It's no secret the Jets need to add a big-play dimension on offense. No wide receiver made more big plays last season than Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, who led the FBS with 32 receptions of 20 yards or longer. Cooks, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver, wasn't a one-year wonder. He gained 1,215 yards after the catch in 2012 and 2013. During that time, he had 23 receptions in which he gained at least 15 yards after the catch. Only Clemson's Sammy Watkins (28) had more such receptions.
Granted, Cooks played in a pass-happy offense, but look how he compared to other teammates. When targeting Cooks, quarterback Sean Mannion completed 75.3 percent of his passes and averaged 10.2 yards per attempt. When targeting all other players, he completed 62.8 percent of his passes and averaged 6.8 yards per attempt.
Cooks, projected as a first-round pick, could be an option for the Jets at No. 18.