Dec 24, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks (7) celebrates with teammates after a touchdown against the Boise State Broncos in the 1st quarter of the 2013 Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Mock Draft: NFL Spin Zone Unleashes First Mock Draft

FanSided’s NFL Spin Zone released their first NFL mock draft of the draft season this afternoon, and they have the Chiefs going in a familiar direction.

With the 23rd overall pick, Kansas City will select Bradin Cooks, a wide receiver from Oregon State, according to NFL Spin Zone. Here’s their write-up:

Brandin Cooks is usually compared to Victor Cruz, and I honestly really like that comparison due to Cooks’s ability to win in the slot and on the outside. He is more than just some somewhat-gimmicky “playmaker”, because he is a true wide receiver with added playmaking ability. Oregon State used him on a variety of routes, and Cooks was equally competent at gaining YAC on screens, getting open on intermediate routes, and breaking things open on a big pass. Alex Smith would salivate at the opportunity to throw passes to a guy as talented as Cooks, who is the most underrated WR in the class and is barely below Marqise Lee in terms of talent. In fact, the argument can be made that Cooks is just as good as the former USC star. The Chiefs biggest need is definitely at wide receiver, and they would be wise to give Smith a guy like Cooks.

Check out the rest of NFL Spin Zone’s first mock draft.

Cooks would be a good fit for the Chiefs offensive system because he is so quick off the line and because he can do a lot with the ball in his hands after the catch. The production is certainly there, too. Look at these crazy numbers:

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
2011 Oregon State Pac-12 WR 12 31 391 12.6 3 10 41 4.1 0 41 432 10.5 3
*2012 Oregon State Pac-12 WR 13 67 1151 17.2 5 19 82 4.3 0 86 1233 14.3 5
*2013 Oregon State Pac-12 JR WR 13 128 1730 13.5 16 32 217 6.8 2 160 1947 12.2 18
Career Oregon State 226 3272 14.5 24 61 340 5.6 2 287 3612 12.6 26
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Generated 2/9/2014.

The question is whether or not he has the number two upside the Chiefs need opposite of Bowe. At 5-10, size may also be an issue for Cooks.

Don’t know who Brandin Cooks is? Watch some of his highlights below with the wonderful sounds of Linkin Park (who made that choice?) to get you pumped up.

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