Originally Posted by OldSchool
Cooks was ineffective when he lined up against Ekpre Olomu. I'm from California, I went to UC Berkeley. I'm well aware of the fact that Cooks feasted on inferior CB talent in the Pac-12. The only true potential starting NFL level corner that Cooks faced was Ekpre Olomu out of Oregon. Here were the targets he had against Ekpre Olomu.
1st target: 8 yard hitch, complete for 1st down. 0 YAC.
2nd target: 6 yard in route, result- Pass broken up by Ekpre Olomu, Cooks stopped his route cause he had nowhere to go.
3rd target: Deep post in the end zone, result- INT by Ekpre Olomu, no separation created by Cooks. He didn't even fight for the ball and Olomu is just as small as he is.
4th target: Another post about 10 yards, result: Incomplete pass broken up by Ekpre Olomu, again, Cooks had zero separation against the only potential NFL starting caliber CB he faced.
Etc etc. Get the picture? Whenever Cooks lined up outside against a good CB, he couldn't do anything. His only real damage that he did against Oregon in that game was via little underneath screen plays or against the significantly less talented Terrence Mitchell. Cooks is not a #1 WR and should not be thought of as such. He will not have consistent success going up against #1 cover corners in this league. His place is in the slot where he can do his damage against lesser opponents like Victor Cruz does.
You make it sound like Ekpre Olomu covered him one on one in the Civil War. The Ducks rolled their coverage towards Cooks and did everything they could to take him out of the game. They paid so much attention to Cooks, the Beavers were able to run at will, something they hadn't been able to do all season.
The Cal connections explains a lot.