Sep 14, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks (7) warms up prior to a game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Oregon State won 51-48 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Is John Dorsey As High On Brandin Cooks As We Are?


Brandin Cooks has been the target of many who are looking for a wide receiver in the first round, citing his fit within Andy Reid’s scheme. These claims from the outside appear to be true. His speed, hands, route running, and ability to create in space are all trademarks of wide receivers in Reid’s offense. So it isn’t a surprise Terez A. Paylor would select him in his latest version of the Kansas City Star’s mock draft. However, Paylor has a word of caution.

Now, to be fair, I’m not sure Chiefs general manager John Dorsey would take a player of Cooks’ size in the first round — I’ve gotten the sense Dorsey prefers bigger players everywhere.

Continue to read and you’ll see some additional thoughts on Cooks as a fit for the Chiefs. What is key to note here is John Dorsey may not be sold on Cooks a fit for the kind of team they are trying to build. Speed is an important factor in Reid’s scheme, but it is not just about speed alone. Dorsey needs to find players who are both fast and physical. Is Cooks physical enough? Is durability a concern at the next level. These may be questions Dorsey is pondering with Cooks.

Good news here, as Paylor points out later in the post, is the Chiefs have multiple needs along the roster. Additionally the Chiefs need to add a dynamic player to the mix, no matter what position said player occupies. Another excellent pass rusher? Works.

A defensive back with the ability to create turnovers? I’m in.

A tight end who is a red zone weapon and draws coverage away from wide receivers and Jamaal Charles? Make it happen. All of these would be just as valuable as adding a Cooks or an Odell Beckham Jr.

There is reason to believe an excellent tight end, pass rusher, or defensive back will be available to the Chiefs at 23. With so many areas the Chiefs would like to improve upon, hopefully one player will fall that fits what the Chiefs are looking for. If there is one saving grace for the Chiefs, the need to move up in the draft to fill a key need is unnecessary, which is good considering their lack of draft picks.

Now hopefully Teddy Bridgewater won’t fall to make things even more complicating.

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  • berttheclock

    I was, probably, the first poster to mention Brandin Cooks, but, what are the Chiefs looking to accomplish. Are they trying to find a formula for winning the Colts game by 51 to 45 or are they going to try to keep that 45 of the Colts from never adding up to such a point in the first place?

    • Brian Dempsey

      Still, there is a lot to like about Cooks and you don’t coach 4.33 speed and he would probably be put in the slot right away and cause some matchup problems with his route-running ability. And I think Cooks is a better prospect than Tavon Austin who got drafted at #8 last year.

  • tazer15

    I hear ya there I was all about sigining a free agent WR but im not 100% on drafting another one.I think Jenkins deserves a chance we scored enough points last year.We need a CB, Safety or another pass rusher im an offensive guy but its true Defense wins.We dont want to out score Denver we want to stop them from scoring so much.

  • Brian Dempsey

    The ultimate question may actually be what Chip Kelly in Philly thinks about Cooks sitting at the #22 spot before the Chiefs, because if Kelly thinks as highly of Cooks as many others do, then Kelly is going to draft him.

  • e_racer

    The only way to guarantee you get the guy you want in the first round is to draft #1 overall. That won’t happen this year, so they will have to get what is left. Sometimes drafting late works best. As we know, getting the first shot to pick a player does not always equate in drafting the best guy in the draft. A lot of this will come down to dumb luck. Still, the Chiefs will have options. For every player that is drafted before they were projected, there is another guy who falls below projections. All that matter is how that player performs on the field. Once the draft is over it doesn’t really matter much who was first or last. It matters how they respond to being in the league.

    We don’t know if Dorsey likes Cooks or any WR in the draft. He would be stupid to say he liked anyone. You never want to give off signals. Of course all the top five receivers in this draft could be well gone before the Chiefs come up to the podium. What other teams do will dictate our response.

    • Brian Dempsey

      True, and always the chance that some guy falls through the cracks that has you saying “where did he come from?”. It’s happened countless times before.

  • P Heitman

    Ehh…My problem with Paylor saying Cooks may be too small for Dorsey’s liking is that he’s not any smaller than most of the receivers Dorsey has signed and/or targeted during his tenure in KC.

    Cooks is 5-10, 185 LBS

    Other Dorsey guys:

    Avery – 5-11, 200
    Dressler – 5-8 179
    Hammond Jr. – 6-1, 185
    Jenkins – 6-0, 200
    Williams – 5-10, 186

    So basically, he’s about the same size as the other Dorsey/Reid receivers. Furthermore, the guy they missed on (or had “agreed to terms with”), Emmanuel Sanders, stands at 5-11, 180.

    I’m not sure what makes Paylor feel this way. I don’t think KC will AVOID larger players, but I don’t think that Dorsey has shown us to this point he PREFERS larger wideouts.