Oregon State University junior wide receiver Brandin Cooks has elected to make himself eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft by submitting a notarized petition to the NFL renouncing his remaining one year of college eligibility.
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.
Cooks is utilizing the NFL Draft Advisory Board, made up of NFL scouts, to determine interest professional teams may have in him. 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.
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.
The 2014 NFL Draft is May 8-10 in New York City.
To access the livestream of the press conference go to Pac-12.org at http://pac-12.com/videos/oregon-state-university
Brandin 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)