5. Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State
Did the Houston Texans take the “safe route” and not take much risk for reward when they traded a second-round pick for Brandin Cooks? In doing so, they just might have missed out on drafting Brandon Aiyuk of Arizona State.
The 6’0, 205-pound Aiyuk has an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.5, along with a 40-inch vertical jump and a broad jump of 128 inches. In his draft profile of the wide receiver, Lance Zierlein of NFL.com believes Aiyuk can be a starter within the first two seasons of his career, and he was also compared to Robert Woods, formerly of the Buffalo Bills.
Being a late first-round to second-round projected player, the Texans draft could have easily included a young wide receiver like Aiyuk at 40th overall, or they could have traded up in the draft to get a player with the skill of Aiyuk, who also has a lot of time to improve at the NFL level.
Words like “potential” and “development” surround Aiyuk, so there are some that do believe he has a real opportunity to become a solid player in the NFL. There is also the fact he won’t take a large chunk of cash out of the bank, unlike Cooks, who will be paid a hefty sum of dollars following next season.