This year’s rookie class of wide receivers may go down in history as one of the best and New Orleans Saints’ first round pick Brandin Cooks may end up having the best rookie season in an absolutely loaded class.
Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans generated much of the conversation leading up to and after the 2014 NFL Draft, and deservedly so after each was selected in the top-seven, but it is the former Oregon State standout and 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner that could be the offensive rookie of the year.
According to NFL Media Analyst Ian Rapoport, the Saints have themselves a “lightning bolt” who can take a short swing pass to the house.
“By my eyes, based on the intense practice I saw, the Saints landed a lightning bolt. And they already have a package of plays designed to unleash him. When I watched, Cooks took a quick screen about 60 yards. He blew through the hash marks on a kickoff return, drawing ooohhhhs and ahhhhhhs from the crowd. He torched former first-round draft pick Patrick Robinson on a post-corner route, finishing the play off with a leaping touchdown catch.”
With all-world tight end Jimmy Graham and receivers Marques Colston, Nick Toon and Kenny Stills, the Saints already had the makings of a nasty passing attack with Drew Brees behind center, so the addition of Cooks could make the Saints an absolutely frightening proposition for opposing defenses this year.
Cooks had 128 receptions for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns last year with the Beavers.