Brandin Cooks, born September 25, 1993, is a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the New England Patriots. Cook’s football career began back in high school at Lincoln High School in Stockton, California. Originally committed to playing football for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Cooks changed his mind and ended up playing for Oregon State, receiving All-American recognition in 2013.Image Credit: zimbio.com
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Brandin Cooks’ college career at Oregon State lasted from 2011 to 2013. During his true freshman season in 2011, Cooks played in a total of 12 games, starting 3. His season ended with a total of 31 receptions for 391 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an average of 22.4 yards per return, as a kicker.
Brandin Cooks’ sophomore season was better than his first, and he totaled 67 receptions for 1,151 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was a part of a dynamic duo, his counterpart being Markus Wheaton, which turned into one of the best receiving duos in Oregon State and college football history. In the 2012 season, this forceful duo combined for 158 receptions, 2,395 yards, and 16 touchdowns.
Brandin Cooks continued his ascension during his junior season in 2013, when he made Pac-12 records in receptions and receiving yards with 128 and 1,730 respectively, in addition to his 16 touchdowns. Cooks managed to exceed 200 yards in two separate games and was held to under 100 yards in only 4 games that season. His stellar season ended with him being named a consensus All-American and becoming the second Oregon State player to win the Fred Biletnikoff Award.
Brandin Cooks announced, January 2, 2014, that he would forgo his senior year and season at Oregon State to enter the 2014 NFL draft. Cooks’ decision paid off, and he was the 20th pick in the first round by New Orleans Saints. The Saints wanted Cooks badly enough to trade up from the 27th spot by giving their first and third-round picks to Arizona, in exchange for Arizona’s first-round pick.
Brandin Cooks became the youngest player to catch a touchdown pass since Reidel Anthony, in his first career game, catching seven passes for 77 yards, including an 18-yard rush. Cooks broke his thumb playing the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11, but until that point, he had accumulated 53 catches for 55 yards and 3 touchdowns. The broken thumb ended Cooks’ first season.
Brandin Cooks second season in 2015 began with him playing as the number-one wide receiver for the Saints. Cooks recorded his first career game with over 100 yards during Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles, with 5 catches for 107 yards and 1 touchdown. Cooks had a strong two weeks, 15 and 16, facing the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars, totaling 15 catches for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns. Cooks finished his second season leading the Saints in catches, yards, and touchdowns, with 84, 1,138, and 9 respectively.
Before he began his third season in 2016, Brandin Cooks was called a breakout candidate by ESPN. Matching the pre-season excitement, Cooks caught 6 passes for a career-high 143 yards with 2 touchdowns in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders. During the same game, Cooks set a Saints’ franchise record for longest play, when he caught a 98-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. After a win during Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams, Cooks expressed his frustration about not being targeted for a single catch, saying ‘Closed mouths don’t get fed.’ His third season finished with a career-high 1,173 receiving yards.
The New England Patriots made a move for Brandin Cooks in March, 2017, trading their 2017 first and third-round draft picks to the Saints. The Pats picked up the fifth-year option on Cooks contract in April, 2017.
Brandin Cooks made his Pats debut on September 10, 2017, against the Kansas City Chiefs, catching 3 receptions for 88 yards in the loss. Cook scored his first 2 touchdowns as a Patriot in Week 3, including the 25-yard game winner with just 23 seconds to play, against the Texans, recording five receptions for 131 yards. Cooks had another great game in Week 11 against the Oakland Raiders, with 6 receptions for 149 yards and 1 touchdown. When Week 12 came, Cooks was the leader among all players in receptions with 40+ yards, totaling 6.
In March, 2017, the New England Patriots traded their 2017 first and third-round draft picks for Brandin Cooks, The Pats picked up the fifth-year option on Cooks contract in April, 2017 worth $8.4 million. In all, we estimate Brandin Cooks net worth in 2018 at $9 million.