Oregon State rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks has talked himself up ahead of the NFL draft, by stating he is the best receiver in his class and loosely comparing himself to Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
“His [Jackson’s] game is unbelievable,” he [Cooks] told the Philly.com.
“The man can blow the top off, catch the deep routes, catch the underneath routes, produce in the return game.”
Speaking to the Eagles’ site, Cooks spoke of his sensational year with the Beavers.
"I feel like I'm the best receiver in this class and I'm not just saying that to say it," he said.
"I put numbers that nobody else did this year. At the same time I was facing premier talent.”
In 2013, he caught 128 passes for a total of 1,730 yards and scored 16 touchdowns winning the Biletnikoff award in the process, given to the country’s best receiver.
Fox reported that the rookie has done little to calm the hype surrounding him, running an impressive 4.33s in the 40-yard dash back in February at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also recorded the best 60-yard shuttle time since 2006.
“I knew I had the speed, I knew I had the change of direction,” he said.
“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."
His determination and natural athleticism have led to speculation that he will be a first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Speaking of a potential move to the Philadelphia Eagles, who recently released wide receiver DeSean Jackson, Cooks said: "Maybe Chip Kelly [Philadelphia Eagles head coach] 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," he said.
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