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Draftee Cooks hopes to land in Philly

4/8/2014

Brandin Cooks may not be on the board when the Philadelphia Eagles pick at No. 22 in the first round of the NFL draft.

He sure would like to be selected by the Eagles, though.

Cooks, a 5-foot-10, 189-pound wide receiver from Oregon State, believes he’ll be able to replace DeSean Jackson. In fact, Cooks is ultra-confident that he’s capable of putting up even bigger numbers than Jackson.

“His (Jackson’s) game is unbelievable,” Cooks told Philly.com. “The man can blow the top off, catch the deep routes, catch the underneath routes, produce in the return game. He's just special. He's a freak. I definitely admire his game. Maybe (coach) Chip Kelly is looking to take another speedy receiver in that first round, and that could be me. Who knows? And if that's the case, a lot of people will wonder, 'Can he do it like DeSean Jackson?' In my opinion, I can do it like him and do it better.”

Cooks accumulated 1,947 yards from scrimmage -- 1,730 yards receiving and 217 yards rushing with 18 total touchdowns, 16 through the air and two on the ground last season. He had two games of 200 or more yards receiving, including a season-best 232 against California.

Cooks’ size could be an issue and there’s no way to know if the Eagles are targeting a wide receiver in the first round. There’s no denying Cooks’ talent and ability to make plays.

He’s definitely a player to watch.

Just ask him.

“I feel like I’m the best receiver in this class and I’m not just saying that to say it,” Cooks told Philly.com. “I put up numbers that nobody else did this year. At the same time I was facing premier talent. I have respect for the other guys and give credit where credit is due, but I’m able to blow the top off, I’m able to catch underneath routes and take them the distance, but I see myself right up there with those guys, and in that top five conversation, top three.”