Recapping the Saints’ 2014 draft

Brandin Cooks

POSITION: Wide receiver

COLLEGE: Oregon State

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 189 pounds

DRAFTED: First round, 20th overall

Who he is

Won the Biletnikoff Award in 2013, when he led the FBS with 1,670 receiving yards in the regular season. Established Pac-12 single-season records with 128 receptions and 1,730 receiving yards and had 16 TDs.

What he can do

A speedy player who posted the fastest time among wide receivers at the NFL combine at 4.33 seconds, Cooks can also return kicks.

Coachspeak

“He’s consistent and very durable. I like his makeup with regards to his mental toughness.” — Saints coach Sean Payton

Guru talk

“Special athlete with explosive feet and natural burst. Fluid body control with excellent start-stop moves, open-field vision and patient hesitation to elude defenders. Beautiful acceleration with speed to burn … electric after the catch.” — NFLDraftScout.com

Did you know?

Cooks also was a basketball and track star in Stockton, California, and competed in the Junior Olympics — earning the nickname “Sonic Boom” as a sprinter.

Stanley Jean-Baptiste

Position: Cornerback

College: Nebraska

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 218 pounds

Drafted: Second, 58th

Who he is

Played wide receiver until being switched to the secondary early in his sophomore season in 2011. Two years later, he was a second-team All-Big Ten pick after tying for the team lead with four interceptions.

What he can do

Compares physically to Seahawks All-Pro Richard Sherman with size and length to mix it up with bigger receivers — including tight ends — and had a 411/2-inch vertical leap at the combine.

Coachspeak

“We think he’s a little bit better in tight coverage, or bump-and-run coverage, and his ball skills are something that we also put a value on.” — Payton

Guru talk

“Boasts excellent height and length for the position. Gets a strong initial jam to re-route receivers when playing press-man coverage. Uses his long arms and strong hands to bat away passes as they arrive.” — NFLDraftScout.com

Did you know?

While he was born in Miami, his parents are of Haitian descent. … Majored in criminology and earned his degree in May 2013.

Khairi Fortt

POSITION: Inside linebacker

COLLEGE: California

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 240 pounds

Drafted: Fourth, 126th

Who he is

Redshirted in 2012 because of a knee injury, he played just one season at Cal after transferring from Penn State and was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award given to the nation’s top linebacker.

What he can do

Powerful player had 30 reps in 225-pound bench press at the combine, tying for first at his position. Led team in tackles most of the season before finishing third after missing three games with a biceps injury.

Coachspeak

“He played outside linebacker (at Cal), but we see him as a weakside inside linebacker candidate. We felt like he was a good player on a defense that wasn’t good.” — Payton

Guru talk

“Demonstrates early recognition against the run, and an explosive first step downhill. Gets up to speed rapidly and has top-end speed to run down plays to the opposite side, when scraping. Extremely fluid and explosive when moving laterally.” — NFLDraftScout.com

Did you know?

Rivals ranked him as No. 5 outside linebacker in 2010.

Vinnie Sunseri

Position: Strong safety

College: Alabama

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 210 pounds

Drafted: Fifth, 167th

Who he is

The son of former LSU and current Florida State assistant coach Sal Sunseri, he was a midseason All-America pick by CBSSports.com before tearing his ACL in an Oct. 19 game against Arkansas.

What he can do

Was Alabama’s starting strong safety last season before being sidelined and was the Tide’s starting dime as a sophomore. He returned two interceptions for 111 yards.

Coachspeak

“He’s coming off an ACL surgery, but the procedure went real well and will be able to participate in drills in the OTAs and minicamp. He’s very, very sharp and was well-respected by that team in a great program.” — Payton

Guru talk

“Attacks the line of scrimmage in run support, showing no hesitation to throw his body into the pile. Effective special teams player. Physical tackler who isn’t afraid to jump routes.” — NFLDraftScout.com

Did you know?

Played linebacker in high school and was 6A defensive player of the year in Alabama and rated a four-star prospect.

Ronald Powell

Position: Outside linebacker

College: Florida

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 237 pounds

Drafted: Fifth, 169th

Who he is

Rangy linebacker started nine games last fall after returning from two torn ACLs that sidelined him for the 2012 season. A five-star recruit in high school, he was the nation’s top prospect in 2010 by ESPN.

What he can do

Has outstanding speed for a linebacker, posting a time of 4.65 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine. Uses his quick burst to get into the backfield and registered four sacks and eight QB pressures.

Coachspeak

“We see him as a (strongside) outside linebacker. He’s pretty strong with heavy hands. He has some versatility to him, and his measurables were very good.” — Payton

Guru talk

“Proven pass-rush ability with an explosive burst off the snap. Ascending star in 2011 before knee injuries the following season, and showed he was again a threat off the edge in 2013.” — NFLDraftScout.com

Did you know?

A standout pass rusher and tight end from Moreno Valley, California, he picked Florida over LSU, among other schools.

Tavon Rooks

Position: Tackle

College: Kansas State

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 280 pounds

Drafted: Sixth, 202nd

Who he is

Considered the top pass-blocker among available players coming out of the junior college ranks. Was part of offense at Navarro (Texas) JC that was fifth in the nation in passing in 2011.

What he can do

Started 23 games for K-State at right tackle and was an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick by Associated Press in 2012 and the league coaches in ’13. Was co-winner of Most Improved Player award in 2013.

Coachspeak

“He’s a guy that we see as a right tackle. I don’t want to use the word undersized, but he’s right at 299 or 300 pounds, and we’d like to see him keep his weight (up).” — Payton

Guru talk

“When you look at the tape, you see his athleticism. He’s got real good feet. … He’s very athletic and can move his feet, and I think he has some growth potential with regards to the weight room.” — Payton

Did you know?

Led Navarro JC to a 21-3 record in two seasons there, including a national title in 2010 and No. 5 national ranking in 2011.