3 local stars selected in 1st round of NFL Draft

NEW YORK - Pro football dreams came true for Stockton's Brandin Cooks, and Jason Verrett and Deone Bucannon from Fairfield when they were selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft Thursday evening.

Brandin Cooks, WR - Oregon State (Lincoln High School in Stockton)

The New Orleans Saints have drafted Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks 20th overall after trading with Arizona to move up from the 27th slot in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night.

In addition to the 27th overall pick, the Saints also sent their third-round pick, the 91st overall, to the Cardinals

Cooks caught 128 passes for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013, when he won the Biletnikoff award as the top receiver in the nation.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Cooks joins one of the NFL's elite passing attacks.

With Drew Brees at quarterback, the Saints ranked second in the NFL in passing last year, but this offseason have released receiver Lance Moore and traded running back Darren Sproles, who was also a receiving threat.

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Jason Verrett, CB - TCU (Rodriguez High School in Fairfield)

The San Diego Chargers have taken TCU cornerback Jason Verrett with the 25th pick in the NFL draft.

The Chargers, who have to face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos twice a season, had one of the most porous pass defenses last season.

Verrett is expected to start opposite Shareece Wright. Verrett is only 5-foot-9 and 189 pounds.

Deone Bucannon, S - Washington State (Vanden High School in Fairfield)

The Arizona Cardinals traded down seven spots in the NFL draft to select safety Deone Bucannon of Washington State with the 27th pick overall.

The Cardinals dealt their No. 20 pick to New Orleans, getting the Saints' first-round pick and their third-round choice, No. 91 overall.

The selection of the 6-foot-1, 211-pound Bucannon adds a needed component to a defense that was ranked sixth in the NFL last season but had difficulty defending the league's big tight ends. He joins second-year safety Tyrann Mathieu, who is coming back from knee surgery.

Bucannon had 15 interceptions as a four-year starter at Washington State.


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