Brandin Tawan Cooks (born September 25, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon State, where he received All-American recognition in 2013.
Cooks with the New Orleans Saints in 2015
|No. 12 – Los Angeles Rams|
|Born:||September 25, 1993|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||183 lb (83 kg)|
|High school:||Lincoln (Stockton, California)|
|NFL Draft:||2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Cooks was born to Worth Cooks Sr. and Andrea Cooks on September 25, 1993. Worth Sr. died of a heart attack when Brandin was 6 years old and Cooks and his three brothers, Fred, Worth Jr., and Andre, were thereafter raised by Andrea. He attended Lincoln High School in Stockton, California, where he played high school football for the Trojans. As a sophomore, he recorded 29 receptions for 600 yards and seven touchdowns. As a junior, he had 46 receptions for 783 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also collecting three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. As a senior, he had 66 receptions for 1,125 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cooks was ranked by the Rivals.com recruiting network as the 26th-best wide receiver and the 240th overall prospect in his class. He originally committed to play college football at the UCLA but changed to Oregon State University. In addition to football, Cooks played basketball and ran track in high school.
Cooks played at Oregon State from 2011 to 2013 under head coach Mike Riley. As a true freshman in 2011, he played in all 12 games with three starts. He finished the season with 31 receptions for 391 yards and three touchdowns. He was also a kick returner averaging 22.4 yards a return. As a sophomore in 2012, he had 67 receptions for 1,151 yards and five touchdowns. The combination of Cooks and Markus Wheaton created one of the most dynamic receiving duos in college football and Oregon State history. The two players combined for 158 receptions, 2,395 yards, and 16 touchdowns in the 2012 season.
During his junior year in 2013, he had 128 receptions, 1,730 receiving yards, and 16 touchdowns. Cooks's receptions and receiving yards were Pac-12 records. He was held to under 100 yards only four times and exceeded 200 yards in a game twice, against Utah and California. At the end of the season, he won the Fred Biletnikoff Award and was a consensus All-American. He was the second Oregon State player to win the Biletnikoff Award, the first being Mike Hass in 2005.
Collegiate awards and honorsEdit
- Biletnikoff Award (2013)
- Consensus All-American (2013)
- Hawaii Bowl Champion (2013)
- First-team All-Pac-12 (2013)
- All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention (2012)
- Pac-12 record for most receiving yards in a single season (2013)
- 1st all-time career receiving touchdowns at Oregon State (24 touchdowns)
- 3rd all-time career receiving yards at Oregon State (3,272 yards)
- 2013 NCAA leader in receiving yards (1,730 yards) 
- 2013 Pac-12 leader in receiving touchdowns (16 touchdowns)
- 2013 Pac-12 leader in receptions (128 receptions)
- 2012 Pac-12 leader in yards per reception (17.2 yards)
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 10 in
|4.33 s||1.53 s||2.50 s||3.81 s||6.76 s||36 in
|10 ft 0 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Cooks was selected by the New Orleans Saints as the 20th overall pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft; the Saints traded up from the 27th spot, giving their first and third-round picks to the Arizona Cardinals in return for Arizona's first-round pick, in order to get Cooks. On May 18, 2014, the Saints signed Cooks to a four-year contract worth $8.3 million.
New Orleans SaintsEdit
2014 season: Rookie yearEdit
In his first career game, Cooks caught seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown and had one rush for 18 yards in a 37–34 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. This made Cooks the youngest player, at 20 years and 347 days, to catch a touchdown pass since Reidel Anthony on September 28, 1997, at 20 years and 343 days. Cooks had 53 catches for 550 yards and three touchdowns before breaking his thumb in Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals, ending his season.
Cooks finished his rookie year with 53 receptions for 550 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown on seven attempts.
Cooks began the 2015 season as the number-one wide receiver for the Saints. Cooks caught for over 100 yards in a game for the first time in his career in the Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, where he had five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. In Weeks 15 and 16 combined, Cooks had 15 catches for 247 yards and two receiving touchdowns against the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Cooks finished the 2015 season with 84 catches for 1,138 yards and nine touchdowns, leading the Saints in all of those categories.
Before the 2016 season, Cooks was pegged as a breakout candidate by ESPN. He lived up to the pre-season hype when he caught six passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns in a narrow Week 1 35–34 loss against the Oakland Raiders. He caught a 98-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to set the Saints' franchise record for longest play. Cooks, along with Willie Snead IV and rookie Michael Thomas, finished the day with 373 receiving yards combined, the most ever by a New Orleans trio in a loss. Following a Week 12 49-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams, in which he was not targeted for a single pass, Cooks voiced his frustration by saying, "Closed mouths don't get fed."
Cooks finished the 2016 season catching 78 receptions for a then career-high in receiving yards with 1,173 and eight touchdowns. Despite the fact that his targets dropped from 129 in 2015 to 117 in 2016, his 10.0 yards per target ranked sixth among NFL wide receivers.
New England PatriotsEdit
On March 10, 2017, the New England Patriots traded their 2017 first-round (used on Ryan Ramczyk) and third-round draft picks (one was originally acquired from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Jamie Collins) to the Saints for Cooks and a 2017 fourth-round draft pick. On April 29, 2017, the Patriots picked up the fifth-year option on Cooks' contract.
On September 7, 2017, Cooks made his Patriots debut against the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL Kickoff Game. He had three receptions for 88 yards in the 42–27 loss. In Week 3, Cooks had five receptions for 131 yards and scored his first two touchdowns as a member of the Patriots, including a 25-yard game winner with 23 seconds to go in a 36–33 win over the Houston Texans; after the game-winning touchdown he also scored on the ensuing two-point conversion. During Week 11 against the Oakland Raiders at Estadio Azteca, Cooks had six receptions for 149 receiving yards and a season long 64-yard touchdown in a 33–8 victory. Through Week 12 of the 2017 season, Cooks led all players in receptions of 40+ yards, with six. Overall, Cooks finished the 2017 regular season with 65 receptions for 1,082 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He also rushed nine times for 40 yards.
The Patriots finished atop the AFC East and earned the #1-seed in the AFC. In the Divisional Round against the Tennessee Titans, Cooks had three receptions for 32 yards in the 35–14 victory. In the AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he had six receptions for 100 yards in the 24–20 victory. During Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles, he caught one pass for 23 yards, but left the game early in the second quarter with a concussion after absorbing a hit from Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. He was placed on concussion protocol and took no further part in the Super Bowl as the Patriots lost to the Eagles 41–33.
Los Angeles RamsEdit
On April 3, 2018, the New England Patriots traded Cooks and a fourth-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Rams for a first round pick (used on Isaiah Wynn) and a sixth-round pick. This also reunited him with former Oregon State teammate Sean Mannion. On July 17, 2018, Cooks signed a five-year, $81 million extension with the Rams with $20.5 million guaranteed.
In his Rams debut, Cooks caught five passes for 87 yards as the Rams defeated the Oakland Raiders on the road by a score of 33-13 on Monday Night Football. During Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals, Cooks finished with seven receptions for 159 receiving yards as the Rams beat the Cardinals 34-0. In Week 4, a 38–31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, Cooks had seven receptions for 116 receiving yards and a touchdown. During a 36-31 victory in Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks, Cooks caught ten passes for 100 yards and rushed for a nine-yard touchdown. In the regular season finale against the San Francisco 49ers, Cooks caught five passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams won 48-32. Cooks finished the regular season with 80 receptions for a career-high 1,204 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. He also rushed 10 times for 68 yards and a touchdown.
The Rams finished atop the NFC West and earned the #2-seed for the NFC Playoffs. In the Divisional Round against the Dallas Cowboys, Cooks recorded four catches for 65 yards in a 30-22 victory. In the NFC Championship Game against Cooks's former team, the New Orleans Saints, Cooks recorded seven catches for 107 yards in a 26-23 overtime victory to reach Super Bowl LIII. It was Cooks's second straight Super Bowl appearance and the Rams faced off against Cooks' former team, the New England Patriots. In the Super Bowl, Cooks had eight catches for 120 yards but the Rams lost 13-3 in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history.
|Led the league|
- First player in NFL history with 1,000 yards receiving in three straight years with three different teams
Saints franchise recordsEdit
- Longest touchdown reception (98 yards)
Cooks is a Christian. He followed big plays in the 2016 season with a bow-and-arrow motion, referencing a Bible verse in which a boy named Ishmael used his archery skills to survive in the desert after he nearly died there without water.
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