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Saturday, March 1, 2014
Draft spotlight: WR Brandin Cooks

By Rich Cimini

Former Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks, coming off a dominant season in which he caught 128 passes for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns (not a typo), lit up the NFL scouting combine by running the best time (4.33) for a receiver. He spoke to reporters, and here's some of what he had to say:

Describe yourself as a player: "For me, I’m a playmaker. I’m able to create plays from nothing. Be able to catch a 3-yard ball, I’ll take it the distance. Those RAC yards, yards after the catch. Speed kills and I feel like that’s what I’m going to bring to the game."

On why he considers himself the best wide receiver in the draft: "Just the production. Numbers don’t lie, and what I bring to the game, my confidence with the way I work, my work ethic. I feel like no one is out there working harder than me. I have a lot to prove. I have a chip on my shoulder. They say I’m not the tallest (only 5-9), but I feel like there’s so many guys in this game today that are potential Hall of Famers like Steve Smith, who’s killing the game right now. DeSean Jackson. I can go down the list. There are under 5-10 (player) that are definitely great receivers in this game."

On his comfort level in a West Coast system: "I would love it. Coming from a pro-style system at Oregon State with coach [Mike] Riley, I feel like that would be an easy transition to be able to go somewhere like a West Coast offense and fit right in and make an impact right away."

On what else besides a lack of height put a chip on his shoulder: "Just always growing up, not having that highly-touted receiver [label], not being the one that’s always highly rated. Coming out of high school, I wasn’t that highly rated. Coming from Oregon State, a lot of people don’t know where it is. I definitely want to make an impact and prove a lot of people wrong."