OSU's Brandin Cooks declares for NFL Draft

IN A MOVE that seemed all but a foregone conclusion the past couple months, Brandin Cooks on Thursday officially declared his intention to enter the NFL Draft as a junior, submitting a notarized petition to the NFL renouncing his remaining one year of college eligibility at Oregon State. The 5-10, 186-pounder will become the fourth OSU junior to bypass his senior season.

Brandin Cooks is utilizing the NFL Draft Advisory Board, made up of NFL scouts, to determine interest professional teams may have in him, Oregon State said in a release. Cooks has been projected by internet draft sites as a late first-round or early second-round pick.

He has until 11:59 p.m. EST Jan. 18 to formally withdraw from consideration for the NFL Draft and return for his senior season if he hasn't secured representation from a player agent, though that is not expected.

An underclassman can make himself eligible for the NFL Draft as long as three years have passed since his high school graduation. Cooks would be the fourth Beaver to elect to forgo his senior season joining Steven Jackson following the 2003 campaign, Brandon Browner after 2004 and Jacquizz Rodgers at the conclusion of 2010.

Cooks, the 2013 recipient of the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's most outstanding college receiver, earned consensus All-America honors following the recently completed season. He set numerous school and Pac-12 Conference records, including new league marks for single season receptions with 128 and single season yards with 1,730 (NCAA leader in 2013).

During his OSU career he has accounted for 226 receptions for 3,272 yards and 26 total touchdowns (24 rec, 2 rush). Overall, he has compiled 3,863 all-purpose yards.

The 2014 NFL Draft will be held May 8-10 in New York City.

Cooks Pac-12/OSU Records
Most TD – QB-WR connections – 23, Sean Mannion to Brandin Cooks (OSU record)
Most receptions in 1 game – 14 vs. San Diego State (tied OSU record)
Most receptions in 1 season –128 (Pac-12 record)
Most TD receptions in 1 season - 16, (OSU record)
Most TD receptions in career - 24 (OSU record)
Most yards receiving in 1 season –1,730 (Pac-12 record)


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