The St. Louis Rams have jumped into the 2013 free-agency period feet first and have come out with a prized possession: an offensive weapon for Sam Bradford to throw to in tight end Jared Cook. The former Tennessee Titan stands 6-5 and weighs 248 pounds. He has great length and speed, with freakish athletic ability and soft hands to catch outside his frame. I like the fact that he is willing to get dirty and dive for balls, or compete at the highest point to out jump defenders. Cook is a wide receiver stuck in a tight end’s body with a very good run-after-the-catch skill set. This signing should put a smile on the face of all Rams fans as Cook is a difference-maker and will be a playmaker each and every Sunday. NFL Stats: 131 receptions – 1,717 yards – 8 TDs in 4 years
A native of Birmingham, Ala., Cook played collegiately at South Carolina and entered the 2009 NFL draft as an early-out junior. He became the 89th overall pick, plucked by the Titans in the third round. As I look back at my notes on this young man, he blew the combine away with some very impressive numbers that you could see in his DNA (film). In the 40-yard dash, he ran 4.47/4.49, which is exceptional; had a standing broad jump of 10’3; posted a vertical leap of 41 inches; and recorded 23 reps on the bench press, which was better than a lot of running backs and linebackers.