Brandin Cooks Biography
Brandin Cooks (Brandin Tawan Cooks) is an American football wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). In the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, he was drafted by the New Orleans Saints. Cooks played college football at Oregon State, where he received All-American recognition in 2013.
Brandin Cooks Age
Cooks was born on September 25, 1993 in Stockton, California. He is 29 years old as of 2022. He celebrates his birthday on September 25 every year.
Brandin Cooks Education
Brandin Cooks attended Lincoln High School in Stockton, California, where he played high school football for the Trojans. He recorded 29 receptions for 600 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore. As a junior, Cooks had 46 receptions for 783 yards and 10 touchdowns, while also collecting three interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. As a senior, Cooks had 66 receptions for 1,125 yards and 11 touchdowns. Rivals.com recruiting network ranked Cooks as the 26th-best wide receiver and the 240th overall prospect in his class. Cooks originally committed to play college football at the UCLA but changed to Oregon State University. In addition to football, he played basketball and ran track in high school.
Brandin Cooks Height
He stands at a height of 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m).
Brandin Cooks Weight
Cooks weighs 183 lb (83 kg).
Brandin Cooks Family
Cooks is the son of Worth Cooks Sr. and Andrea Cooks.
Brandin Cooks Brothers
Cooks has four brothers namely; worth Cooks Jr., Maurice Washington, Fred Cooks and Andrea Cooks.
Brandin Cooks Girlfriend
Brandin Cooks is in a relationship with Briannon Lepman, daughter of Carolyn Marie and Spencer Lepman.
The two met and started dating while they were both students at Oregon State University
Brandin Cooks College Career
From 2011 to 2013, Cooks played at Oregon State under head coach Mike Riley. In 2011, as a true freshman, he played in all 12 games with three starts. Cooks finished the season with 31 receptions for 391 yards and three touchdowns. Cooks was also a kick returner averaging 22.4 yards a return. In 2012, as a sophomore, he had 67 receptions for 1,151 yards and five touchdowns. The combination of Cooks and Markus Wheaton created one of the most dynamic receiving duos in college football and history of Oregon State. In the 2012 season, the two players combined for 158 receptions, 2,395 yards, and 16 touchdowns.
In 2013, During his junior year, he had 128 receptions, 1,730 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. His receptions and receiving yards were Pac-12 records. Cooks was held to under 100 yards only four times and exceeded 200 yards in a game twice, against Utah and California. At the end of the season, Cooks won the Fred Biletnikoff Award and was a consensus All-American. Cooks was the second Oregon State player to win the Biletnikoff Award, the first being Mike Hass in 2005.
Brandin Cooks announced on January 2, 2014, that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. In addition to football, he ran track at Oregon State. At the 2012 UW Invitational, he earned a second-place finish in the 60-meter dash, clocking a personal-best time of 6.81 seconds.
Brandin Cooks Collegiate awards and honors
- Biletnikoff Award (2013)
- Consensus All-American (2013)
- Hawaii Bowl Champion (2013)
- First-team All-Pac-12 (2013)
- All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention (2012)
- Pac-12 record for most receiving yards in a single season (2013)
- 1st all-time career receiving touchdowns at Oregon State (24 touchdowns)
- 3rd all-time career receiving yards at Oregon State (3,272 yards)
- 2013 NCAA leader in receiving yards (1,730 yards)
- leader in receiving touchdowns (16 touchdowns) 2013 Pac-12
- 2013 Pac-12 leader in receptions (128 receptions)
- 2012 Pac-12 leader in yards per reception (17.2 yards)
Brandin Cooks New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints selected Cooks as the 20th overall pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft; in order to get Cooks, the Saints traded up from the 27th spot, giving their first and third-round picks to the Arizona Cardinals in return for Arizona’s first-round pick. The Saints signed Cooks to a four-year contract worth $8.3 million, on May 18, 2014.
2014 Season: Rookie Year
Cooks first career game, caught seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown and had one rush for 18 yards in a 37–34 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. This made him the youngest player, at 20 years and 347 days, to catch a touchdown pass since Reidel Anthony on September 28, 1997, at 20 years and 343 days. In Week 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals, Cooks had 53 catches for 550 yards and 3 touchdowns before breaking his thumb, ending his season.
In the 2015 season, Cooks began as the number-one wide receiver for the Saints. He caught for over 100 yards in a game for the first time in his career in the Week 5 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, where he had 5 catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. During Weeks 15 and 16 combined, Cooks had 15 catches for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars. Cooks finished the 2015 season with 84 catches for 1,138 yards and 9 touchdowns, leading the Saints in all of those categories.
Brandin Cooks was pegged as a breakout candidate by ESPN, before the 2016 season. Cooks lived up to the pre-season hype when he caught six passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 1 35–34 loss against the Oakland Raiders. Cooks caught a 98-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to set the Saints’ franchise record for longest play.
He, along with Willie Snead IV and rookie Michael Thomas, finished the day with 373 receiving yards combined, the most ever by a New Orleans trio in a loss. Following a Week 12 49-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams, in which he was not targeted for a single pass, he voiced his frustration by saying, “Closed mouths don’t get fed.” Cooks set a new career-high in receiving yards with 1,173 and while his targets dropped from 129 in 2015 to 117 in 2016, his 10.0 yards per target ranked sixth among NFL wide receivers
Brandin Cooks New England Patriots
The New England Patriots traded their 2017 first-round (used on Ryan Ramczyk) and third-round draft picks (one was originally acquired from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Jamie Collins) to the Saints for Cooks and a 2017 fourth-round draft pick on March 10, 2017. The Patriots picked up the fifth-year option on Cooks’ contract on April 29, 2017.
Cooks made his Patriots debut against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 10, 2017, in the NFL Kickoff Game. Cooks had three receptions for 88 yards in the 42–27 loss. In Week 3, he had five receptions for 131 yards and scored his first two touchdowns as a member of the Patriots, including a 25-yard game winner with 23 seconds to go in a 36–33 win over the Houston Texans; after the game-winning touchdown he also scored on the ensuing two-point conversion. In Week 11 in a 33–8 victory against the Oakland Raiders at Estadio Azteca, Cooks had six receptions for 149 receiving yards and a season long 64-yard touchdown. Through Week 12 of the 2017 season, he led all players in receptions of 40+ yards, with 6. Cooks finished the 2017 regular season with 65 receptions for 1,082 receiving yards and seven touchdowns overall.
Brandin Cooks AFC East
The Patriots won the AFC East and earned the #1-seed in the AFC. Cooks had three receptions for 32 yards in the 35–14 victory during the Divisional Round against the Tennessee Titans. In the AFC Championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cooks had six receptions for 100 yards in the 24–20 victory. During Super Bowl LII against the Philadelphia Eagles, Cooks caught one pass for 23 yards, but left the game early in the second quarter with a concussion after absorbing a hit from Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Cooks was placed on concussion protocol and took no further part in the Super Bowl as the Patriots lost to the Eagles 41–33.
Brandin Cooks Los Angeles Rams
The New England Patriots traded Cooks on April 3, 2018, and a fourth-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Rams for a first round pick (used on Isaiah Wynn) and a sixth-round pick. This also reunited Cooks with former Oregon State teammate Sean Mannion. Cooks signed a five-year on July 17, 2018, $81 million extension with the Rams with $20.5 million guaranteed.
In his first game with the Rams, he caught 5 passes for 87 yards as the Rams defeated the Oakland Raiders by a score of 33-13. Cooks finished with seven receptions for 159 receiving yards during Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals, as the Rams beat the Cardinals 34-0. Cooks had seven receptions for 116 receiving yards and a touchdown in Week 4, a 38–31 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
During a 36-31 victory in Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks, he caught 10 passes for 100 yards and rushed for a 9-yard touchdown. Cooks caught 5 passes for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns as the Rams won 48-32 in the season finale against the San Francisco 49ers. Cooks recorded 4 catches for 65 yards in a 30-22 win, in the Divisional Round against the Dallas Cowboys. In the NFC Championship Game against his former team the New Orleans Saints, Cooks recorded 7 catches for 107 yards in a 26-23 overtime victory to reach Super Bowl LIII. It’s Cooks second straight Super Bowl appearance and the Rams will face Cooks former team New England Patriots.