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February 23, 2014
Need speed? WR Brandin Cooks blazes in Indy


Wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who grew up a 49ers fan in Stockton, said he'd "love to blow the top off" of defenses for his favorite team. But after his scorching 40-yard dash time Sunday in Indianapolis, you have to wonder whether Cooks will be around when the 49ers pick at No. 30.

The 5-9 3/4, 189-pound Cooks led all receivers with a 4.33-second 40, bolstering his standing as one of the top catch-and-go receivers in the draft as well as someone who can put pressure on the back end of NFL secondaries, something the 49ers failed to do at wide receiver last year. The Oregon State receiver led the nation in receiving yards last year and won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top wideout.

"Cooks had a big day," NFL Network's Mike Mayock said. "People are going to be buzzing about him. He's something."

Other standouts today included the top-rated pass catcher in the draft, Sammy Watkins, who ran a 4.43-second 40. His tall, lanky Clemson teammate, Martavis Bryant, ran a 4.42. LSU's Odell Beckham, a possibility to the 49ers at the end of the first round, ran a 4.43.

Ole Miss' Donte Moncrief also stood out. The powerfully built Moncrief -- he measured 6-2, 221 pounds on Friday -- ran his 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds. Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews, the SEC's all-time leading receiver, had a 4.46-second 40, not bad at all considering he's 6-3, 212 pounds with 33 1/4-inch arms and massive, 10 3/8-inch hands.

Some disappointing times were turned in by Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin, who on Friday said he was pushing for a 4.3-second 40 but who ended up running a 4.61. LSU's Jarvis Landry clocked a 4.77-second 40 while USC's Marqise Lee was clocked at 4.52 seconds.

Texas A&M's Mike Evans is expected to be the second receiver drafted. He ran a 4.53 40, which is about what was expected. Fresno State's Davante Adams' 4.56 also was his expected time.

Cooks met with the 49ers Friday night. Here's the profile I wrote on the small-but-tough receiver in Thursday's Bee.

Wide receiver 40 times
Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin: 4.50
Davante Adams, Fresno St.: 4.56
Odell Beckham, LSU: 4.43
Kelvin Benjamin, Florida St.: 4.61
Chris Boyd, Vanderbilt: 4.73
Corey Brown, Ohio St.: 4.51
John Brown, Pittsburg St.: 4.34
Martavis Bryant, Clemson: 4.42
Isaiah Burse, Fresno St.: 4.58
Mike Campanaro, Wake Forest: 4.46
Brandon Coleman, Rutgers: 4.56
Brandin Cooks, Oregon St.: 4.33
Damian Copeland, Louisville: 4.50
Bruce Ellington, South Carolina: 4.45
Quincy Enunwa, Nebraska: 4.45
Shaq Evans, UCLA: 4.51
Mike Evans, Texas A&M: 4.53
Bennie Fowler, Michigan St.: 4.52
Austin Franklin, New Mexico St.: 4.56
Jeremy Gallon, Michigan: 4.49
Ryan Grant, Tulane: 4.64
Matt Hazel, Coastal Carolina: 4.50
Robert Herron, Wyoming: 4.48
Cody Hoffman, BYU: 4.65
Josh Huff, Oregon: 4.51
Allen Hurns, Miami: 4.55
Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley St.: 4.42
T.J. Jones, Notre Dame: 4.48
Jarvis Landry, LSU: 4.77
Lee, Marqise, USC: 4.52
Marcus Lucas, Missouri: 4.60
Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt: 4.46
Donte Moncrief, Mississippi: 4.40
Kevin Norwood, Alabama: 4.48
Walt Powell, Murray St.: 4.63
Tevin Reese, Baylor: 4.46
Paul Richardson, Colorado: 4.40
Allen Robinson, Penn St.: 4.60
Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma: 4.44
Willie Snead, Ball St.: 4.62
Josh Stewart, Oklahoma St.: 4.69
Devin Street, Pittsburgh: 4.55
L'Damian Washington, Missouri: 4.46
Sammy Watkins, Clemson: 4.43
Albert Wilson, Georgia State: 4.43

-- Matt Barrows: 6.97


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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