Nov 23, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks (7) scores a touchdown against the Washington Huskies in the second half at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints sign first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks to four-year deal


In the first round of the NFL Draft last Thursday, the New Orleans Saints went out and got Drew Brees some help at the wide receiver position with the selection of Oregon State wideout Brandin Cooks.

On Sunday, the team agreed with their new weapon on a four-year deal.


In three years on the field for head coach Mike Riley and the Beavers, Cooks was one of the most stellar wide receivers not just in the Pac-12, but in the entire nation.

He steadily got better from his freshman season on, and in 2013 he broke right onto the scene with one of the best individual performances of any player in the country. In all, Cooks amassed 1,730 receiving yards on 128 catches with 16 touchdowns. He also added in 217 rushing yards with two scores.

Cooks also brings some versatility to the table for the Saints with the ability to help out on special teams, returning 12 punts last season for a total of 72  yards. Not the best numbers in the world, but still the possibility is there.

The signing of Cooks comes one day after the team signed their second-round pick, Nebraska defensive back Stanley Jean-Baptiste as the team looks to lock all of the potential future stars up as quickly as possible.

 

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