Lincoln graduate and Stockton native Brandin Cooks has been studied, prodded, poked and evaluated. He has met face-to-face with coaches, general managers and player personnel executives, people who will decide his immediate future.
It all comes with being one of the top receivers in this year’s NFL Draft class. Cooks, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top collegiate receiver after a record-setting junior season at Oregon State, will be in New York on May 8 with his family for the first day of the draft. Cooks is projected to go anywhere from the middle to the end of the first round.
He’s anxious for the draft and assuredly will be relieved when it’s over. Cooks said he has flown more in the past three months than he has his entire life. Recenly, a video showing him presenting his mother, Andrea, with a Mercedes Benz went viral. It was a priceless moment. Cooks has a big heart and is humble. And with all of the demands on his time these days, he’s taking classes in human development at Oregon State and will take finals in mid-June.
I’ll have more from my discussion with Brandin next week in The Record.