WR Brandin Cooks says he can 'do it better' than DeSean Jackson
The incoming rookie wide receiver out of Oregon State gushed about the now former Eagle to Philly.com on Thursday.
"His game is unbelievable," Cooks said. "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."
BUT ... the young man feels pretty good about his own abilities and who knows, maybe he's a perfect fit in Philadelphia.
"Maybe (Eagles head 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."
Oh, really? Wait, he's not done talking.
"I feel like I'm the best receiver in this class and I'm not just saying that to say it," Cooks said. "I put numbers that nobody else did this year. At the same time I was facing premier talent."
He's not lying. Cooks had an amazing season with the Beavers in 2013, catching 128 passes for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns. The first two stats were Pac-12 records. He won the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's best receiver, and was a consensus All-American.
"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."
Cooks did little to discourage NFL scouts since declaring for the NFL Draft, as he ran an impressive 4.33 time in the 40-yard dash at February's NFL Scouting Combine. He also put up the best 60-yard shuttle time since 2006. What's more, he did this without even preparing all that much.
"I was going off my natural athleticism. I knew I had the speed, I knew I had the change of direction. I just touched on everything. I tweaked a couple things, but it's not like I came into training like, 'I need to focus on this 40 and make sure I get a 4.3.' No. I knew I was going to run a 4.3 no matter what."
Well, one this is for sure: Cooks is ready for the NFL. Don't be surprised to hear his name called in the first round ... we'll just to wonder if it will be the Eagles nodding his way.