PantherNation has spoken and Brandin Cooks is our choice for Pick #28 in the upcoming Draft on May 8. The voting was close, and certainly some will stomp their feet wishing we picked their guy. But all of PantherNation is smarter than anyone of us. So let’s take a deeper look and see why PantherNation chose Cooks. We all know that we were 29th in passing last year, and that we lost our deep threat and punt returner in Ted Ginn, Jr. Oh yea, we also lost our #1 Receiver in Steve Smith. Cooks would immediately fill all of these roles. He would be the #1 Receiver by default and with his 4.33 speed, he would be the one to take the top off the defense along with being an explosive punt returner. Still not convinced? True, there are a lot of other good options at 28. A lot of other players are explosive too. So why this guy? Here is why I like the pick: Brandin Cooks loves both football and what it can mean to his family. He lost his father when he was only six years old and that had a dramatic impact on him and his siblings. All of this motivates this young man to be the best. Read this article by the Oregonian to get a better idea of where this kid comes from and why he will be successful.
This guy will make you get you out of your chair and I’m proud of PantherNation for making this selection.