30 for 29: This is the eleventh in a daily series of looks at 30 prospects the Patriots may consider selecting with the 29th overall pick at the 2014 NFL Draft.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
5-10, 192 pounds, 9/25/93
2013: 128 receptions, 1,730 receiving yards, 16 TDs
Will start the season as a 20-year-old rookie. Grew up in Stockton, California and was pursued by several Pac-10 schools. Played in every game as a true freshman. Ran the 60, 100 and 200 meters in track. Won the Biletnikoff Award after his junior season and was a consensus All-American.
TO THE GOOD
Durable and extremely productive, playing every game for the Beavers. Tremendous foot speed and able to string moves together after the catch. Snatches the ball. Plays fearlessly and with good balance and situation awareness. Ran a Combine best 4.33 40 and a 6.76 three-cone.
TO THE BAD
Doesn’t have great size and is not seen as a strong blocker. Not a big target and will need to develop a little more strength which he should given his relatively young age.
The Patriots seem to be desirous of more receivers even after spending two draft picks on the promising Aaron Dobson and the not-as-promising Josh Boyce last season. Also got good competence from undrafted Kenbrell Thompkins. Cooks could be a bit redundant size-wise compared to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman and he could also be off the board by 29 but he is a very intriguing prospect if he’s sitting there.
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com - No. 23 to Kansas City
Bucky Brooks, NFL.com - No. 27 to New Orleans