Wide receivers with great athletic skills are hard to come by so when you find the likes of Brandin Cooks who are known for their speed and polished route-running skills, you hold on to them tight. Brandin Cooks is an explosive and dynamic athlete with an ever-ready technique that challenges defences vertically in the passing game. He is not only extraordinary with gaining yardage after the catch but is also a complete monster with great insight, patience, agility, and direction skills that help him manoeuvre around defenders effectively. Cooks made a name as the first player in the history of the NFL to record 1,000 yards receiving in three straight years with three different teams. Here are some more facts about the great player.
Brandin Cooks Biography
Born on September 25, 1993, to Worth Cooks Sr. and Andrea Cooks, Brandin whose middle name is Tawan is a native of Stockton, California, and he has three siblings namely Fred, Worth Jr., and Andre. He attended Lincoln High School where he was known for his football skills while playing for the Trojans. He made 46 receptions for 783 yards and 10 touchdowns in his junior season while as a senior, he racked up 66 receptions for 1,125 yards and 11 touchdowns.
While playing football, Cooks also played basketballs and ran track. Even, he was ranked as the 240th overall prospect in his class and the 26th-best wide receiver by Rivals.com.
Moving further in his career, Cooks played college football for the Oregon State and was able to achieve great success. He made history in his sophomore season after pairing with Markus Wheaton to make one of the most dynamic receiving duos in college football history. Cooks and Wheaton made 158 combined receptions for 2,395 yards, and 16 touchdowns in the 2012 season alone.
One of Cooks’ best seasons was in 2013; it saw him receive several awards for his accomplishments. Apart from receiving the Biletnikoff Award and becoming Hawaii Bowl Champion, he made the All-Pac-12 first team and was listed among Consensus All-American. He recorded a total of 128 receptions for 1,730 receiving yards, and 16 touchdowns that season. Like many football players with outstanding records, Brandin Cooks left his senior career season to join the NFL draft.
NFL Career Stats and Injury
Paraded as one of the most dangerous playmakers in the draft and a dynamic performer on the field, Brandin Cooks made it to the New Orleans Saints as the 20th overall pick. He then signed a four-year $8.3 million contract with the football franchise and played his first professional career game against the Atlanta Falcons where he recorded 7 passes for 77 yards and a single touchdown.
Brandin’s games in 2015 and 2016 seasons were exceptional. His potentials as a receiver and a returner improved immensely making his role in the offensive system very effectual. Not only did he lead his team in all the categories of 2015 games but he also made a ten-yard target in his 2016 season, making him the 6th among NFL’s best wide receivers. He was even announced as a breakout candidate by ESPN.
On March 10, 2017, Brandin moved to play for the New England Patriots and he appeared in 16 games and recorded a total of 1,082 receiving yards with 7 touchdowns, and 40 rushing touchdowns. He then left the team after a year’s game to join the Los Angeles Rams. Cook signed a five-year contract worth $81 million and $20.5 million guaranteed with the Rams.
He caught five passes for 87 yards in his first game with the Rams, against the Oakland Raiders but in Week 10 game against the Seattle Seahawks, the Ram’s wide receiver left the game with a concussion after receiving a hit from the Seahawks’ safety, Tedric Thompson.
His career stats as of 2018 boast of 360 total receptions for 5,147 receiving yards, 32 receiving touchdowns, and 229 rushing yardages.
How Tall is Brandin?
The average height and weight of NFL players are about 6’2” and 245 lb (111 kg) respectively, but as it is known, many running backs, defensive backs, and wide receivers are below these specifications. Brandin Cooks falls in this category with his 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) height and 183 lb (83 kg) weight. His weight dropped from 86 kg in his pre-draft season to 83 kg. This is proof that the young athlete is at his best in ensuring he keeps fit.