Oregon State has a long list of great receivers that have worn the orange and black; Mike Hass, Sammie Stroughter, James Rodgers, Chad Johnson, Markus Wheaton, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh just to name a few. But the greatest of them all was Brandin Cooks.
Cooks played for the Beavers from 2011-2013 and was the favorite target of Sean Mannion (the most prolific passer in Oregon State history). Cooks is second all-time in career receptions (226), third in career receiving yards (3,272), and first in career receiving touchdowns (24) at Oregon State.
His 128 receptions in 2013 are the most ever in a single season at OSU. That season he also had 1,730 yards receiving, which is also an OSU single-season record. And to think, he had another year of eligibility left when he decided to go pro.
Cooks was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and he spent three seasons in New Orleans before being traded to the New England Patriots. He spent just one season with the Patriots before being traded again, this time to the Los Angeles Rams where he was reunited with Mannion.
In his NFL career Cooks has 280 receptions for 3,943 yards and 27 touchdowns. On July 17 the Rams signed Cooks to a five-year, $81 million extension.