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06/12/14 - After seeing first-round draft pick Brandin Cooks for only a short period of time in mid-May for a rookie minicamp, the Saints will get the former Oregon State wide receiver for good next week when they wind up their offseason program.
While Cooks wasn't allowed to take part in the Saints' organized team activities or full-squad minicamp because Oregon State classes were still in session, Payton said his prized rookie was busy keeping abreast of what the team was doing.
Cooks stayed on track to be ready for training camp by working online with offensive coaches each night for about 90 minutes.
"What we're allowed to do is basically in the evenings we have kind of an online time where we go through practice tape and go through the installation," Payton said Thursday. "He was here through the rookie camp and he was able to take the book back with him and work through page by page."
Cooks will travel to New Orleans this weekend and Payton said he should be able to adjust quickly with three OTAs remaining next week.
05/12/14 - A closer look at the Saints' picks: Round 1/20 -- Brandin Cooks, WR, 5-10, 189, Oregon State...After trading Darren Sproles, the Saints needed to replace his speed and they did in choosing Cooks after moving up seven spots in the first round. - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Already with two players from Oregon State on their roster, the Saints added another Thursday night when they chose wide receiver Brandin Cooks with the 20th pick in the first round of the draft. Cooks, who was quickly chosen after the Saints jumped up seven spots in a trade with Arizona, joins cornerback Keenan Lewis and linebacker Victor Butler on the roster. Both Lewis and Butler were signed by the Saints as unrestricted free agents last season. Like Lewis and Butler, Cooks was coached at OSU by Mike Riley, who served as the Saints assistant head coach/secondary coach in 2002 under Jim Haslett.
While Riley maintains a close relationship with Loomis and coach Sean Payton, he said he didn't have to point the Saints in Cooks' direction after he recorded the second-fastest 40 time at the NFL scouting combine -- clocking in at 4.33 seconds. "Like Mickey and Sean always do, they did their homework," Riley said. "I really can't take any more credit than supplying some information, and having the great fortune of coaching the young man. "I think Brandin Cooks is an easy read," Riley said. "You watch the film and I know they interviewed him and did all the due diligence in studying him. I just think they did their homework and got a really good player and a very, very good person to go with it." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - The Saints targeted Cooks and had him among a cloud of players they were considering with their original pick in the first round -- No. 27 -- and was one of only three players remaining when they decided to send the Cardinals a third-round draft pick to move up. Because they were so impressed with him during a combine interview, the Saints didn't bring Cooks down to their Metairie training facility for a pre-draft visit. "He was someone that was as clean and clear as to who he was, the type of player he was, and how he approached the game," Payton said. "(Sometimes) you come away from the scouting combine and may have some questions or concerns, but he was really impressive." Cooks, the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner after catching 128 passes for 1,760 yards and 16 TDs, said he had a feeling about the Saints when he walked out the door that evening in Indianapolis "After I was done, the words they had to say on how they were impressed, more how I handle myself and how I knew the game of football," Cooks said, "that's how I knew this was a great opportunity and a great chance." - The Sports Xchange
05/12/14 - Cooks, who won't turn 21 years of age until after the third game of the regular season, is wide beyond his years. After receiving $100,000 from adidas after running the fastest 40-yard dash time at the combine -- 4.33 seconds -- using their shoes, he put half the money away and used the other half to buy his mother a Mercedes-Benz. "She needed (a car)," Cooks said. "She was driving around in a 1999 Saturn and I wasn't having that anymore." - The Sports Xchange