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It seems a bit odd to claim that Cooks was a somewhat overlooked prospect heading into the NFL combine considering he led the nation in receiving yards as a junior, but he wasn't particularly high on draft boards before arriving in Indianapolis. That changed in less than five seconds, as Cooks' 4.33 time in the 40-yard dash made scouts take notice - and may have vaulted him into a first-round pick. What it certainly did was make him richer. Adidas pledged $100,000 to the athlete who ran the fastest 40 time at the combine while wearing its footwear, so Cooks will head into draft day already having a nice little nest egg. The long-term ramifications of his run, though, will be even more significant. A likely third-round pick in early February, Cooks now could be off the board as early as the late teens in one of the deepest receiver drafts in years. The biggest knock on the Biletnikoff winner and first-team All-American is his height, but that didn't stop him from setting single-season Pac-12 records with 1,730 receiving yards and 128 receptions. He also ran the ball 32 times in 2013, scoring twice in addition to his 16 receiving touchdowns, and returned punts - skills that whichever team drafts him will almost certainly be eager to utilize. Cooks isn't just a burner, though, as he's light on his feet and excellent at tracking the ball in the air. He has good body control and is aware of the sidelines, and his burst allows him to turn short completions into long gains. He has small hands, however, and teams will jam him at the line of scrimmage as much as possible. The 40 time made Cooks stand out, but he brings enough other traits to the table to not be a reach in the latter half of the first round.