TE Chris Cooley Receives Redskins Call

The Washington Redskins passed on Kellen Winslow in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, opting to select his Miami teammate Sean Taylor. When the third round came along, the Skins suddenly didn't think they could live without a tight end and traded their fifth round pick, 139th overall, and a second rounder in 2005, for a fifth round pick, 151st overall, and pick 81 in the third round this year which they used to select Chris Cooley from Utah State.

TFY Draft Preview, who spoke to Kellen Winslow after he was selected:

"Winslow looks forward to playing the Lions and the Redskins since he feels they both lied to his face."

While Kellen Winslow vows to make the teams that passed him up pay, Chris Cooley will go to a loaded team with a Hall of Fame coach.

Cooley, 6-3, 265 pounds, is a former defensive lineman who moved to the offensive side of the ball as a sophomore. After a 31 reception season as a junior, Cooley burst out with 62 hauls as a senior, leading all tight ends in the nation in receptions. And he even missed two games and part of another with a broken foot.

He led the Sun Belt Conference with 6.2 receptions per game and was 20th in the nation with that average.

Cooley, a former State Championship wrestler, is also known for his hard hitting. He was voted the hardest hitter on the Utah State team in '02 and that has carried over to his blocking game. While not technically sound football-wise with his blocking, he can maul opponents at the line using his wrestling techniques to his advantage.

"Athletic, pass catching tight end that gives top effort in all aspects of the game. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, reads the defense and finds the open spot on the field. Extends his hands looking the ball in, remains focused and offers the quarterback a nice target. Works to get separation, battles to make the tough grab in traffic and strong running after the catch. Adjusts well as a receiver or blocker and tenacious. Nice overall body strength, stays square and seals opponents from the action." Tony Pauline-TFY Draft Preview


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