New Orleans Saints First Round Draft Choices: Brandin Cooks (2014)
The first round of the 2016 NFL Draft will be held on Thursday, April 28, in Chicago, Illinois.
Between now and then, we’ll be looking back at all of the drafts of the New Orleans Saints, from 1967-2015.
Yesterday, we looked back at 2013.
The 2014 draft was the 48th draft in the history of the Saints.
The selection turned out to be a good one for the Saints, taking a player who was a starter in his rookie year, and continues to be so today.
The pick: Brandin Cooks, a receiver from Oregon St..
A native of Stockton, California, Cooks, who was the 20th-overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, will enter his third year with the team in 2016.
The 5-foot-10, 189-pound Cooks played in 10 games, including 7 as a starter as a rookie in 2014, while compiling 53 receptions for 553 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Last season, in 2015, Cooks took a step forward, appearing in all 16 games, including 13 starts, while totaling 84 catches for 1,138 yards and 9 touchdowns.
In 2 seasons in the NFL, both with the Saints, Cooks has appeared in 26 games, including 20 as a starter, accumulating 137 receptions for 1,688 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Unfortunately, the Saints, outside of Cooks, didn't fare well in the 2014 NFL Draft, selecting Nebraska defensive back Stanley Jean-Baptiste in the second round, California linebacker Khari Fortt in the fourth round, Alabama defensive back Vinnie Sunseri and Florida linebacker Ronald Powell in the fifth round, and Kansas St. offensive lineman Tavon rooks in the sixth round.
Other than Cooks, nobody from the 2014 draft is currently on the roster.