2014 NFL Mock Draft: 49ers Select Brandin Cooks

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Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oregon Ducks wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) catches the ball during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Hey NFL Spinzoners, how’s it going? After one of the wildest free agencies in recent years, we have the chance to examine what these teams will do before and after the draft is over. With the San Francisco 49ers, after going 12-4 during the regular season and then making it to the NFC Championship game against the Seahawks, I would say that this team honestly doesn’t have that much to work on this off-season. In defensive yardage allowed the Niners ranked top-ten in both categories, ranking 4th and 7th in rushing yards and passing yards allowed, respectively (95.9 rushing yards allowed and 221 passing yards allowed per game in 2013). This off-season the 49ers will have one thing they’re going to have to concentrate on: their passing offense. There is only so much your defense can do before it buckles under pressure. Everybody knows the recent developments with Colin Kaepernick and his whole contract negotiations and everybody knows that he’s going to be in San Francisco next year (barring some act of god).  The real question is what is the 49er’s coaching staff and front office going to do with the 49er’s 30th-ranked passing offense (186.2 passing yards per game in 2013).

My simple solution is draft a wide receiver. The 49ers already have Michael Crabtree and physical Anquan Boldin, however those guys are only going to get you so far. What the Niners need is a receiver with speed and can penetrate defenses so that Crabtree can go deep for those long bombs if needed.

In this edition of my mock draft, I’ll be highlighting star Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks and analyzing every aspect of his game for your reading pleasure. So if you don’t mind, just click that right hand arrow and enjoy!

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