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Amari Cooper | Wide Receiver

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 198

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ESPN analyst Cris Carter believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper is "the most advanced wide receiver that I have seen at a young age since Randy Moss," according to Bamaonline.com.
"I don't know what he's going to do in the pros, but since Ozzie Newsome, Alabama has the best wide receiver that they have had in the history of their school and his name is Amari Cooper," Carter said on the "Mike and Mike" radio show Monday, according to bamaonline.com. "He is a true junior from Miami and he is fabulous. His ability to run routes- I met Amari when he was in high school at a football clinic and he's probably the most advanced wide receiver that I have seen at a young age since Randy Moss. He as unbelievable speed, unbelievable demeanor, route running, the sky is the limit." The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cooper already has 43 catches for 655 yards and five touchdowns through four games (45 passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013). Sep 22 - 2:30 PM

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Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "was particularly effective when slid inside to the slot" during Saturday's win against Florida, noted CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Just something to keep in mind when considering Cooper's projection. Or perhaps he was better off inside to get off Hargreaves III Island. Cooper acquitted himself well in the matchup against stud Gators' CB Vernon Hargreaves III, recording 10 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns. "The combination of Cooper's acceleration and creative play-design by Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, however, helped free Cooper for several big plays," Rang wrote. "Cooper was particularly effective when slid inside to the slot, as was the case in the first quarter when he caught the Gators napping to haul in a easy 79-yard reception for his first score." The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cooper has 43 catches for 655 yards and five touchdowns through four games (45 passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013). "It is, of course, just September but Cooper looks like a strong bet to give Alabama its first Biletnikoff Award winner in school history," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 22 - 1:23 AM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper had 10 catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a 21-point win against Florida on Saturday.

Cooper had a pretty leaping grab in the end zone against stud Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves with 21 seconds left in the third quarter to give the Crimson Tide a 35-21 lead and essentially end the Gators' threat. On the play, he fought Hargreaves off with his hands before taking to the air, displaying two NFL traits against a fellow future pro. Cooper didn't get called for the penalty, but two of his other potential touchdown catches were called back on flags. The Cooper-Hargreaves matchup was everything scouts had hoped for, and draft analysts will be buzzing over it for at least the next week. If Cooper hadn't stamped his ticket into the first round before, he certainly has now. NFL.com's Albert Breer wrote earlier this week: "The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cooper projects as a bigger, stronger Odell Beckham, and could be a top-15 draft pick."
Sep 20 - 7:46 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper has an opportunity to prove he can perform "consistently against top competition" on Saturday versus star Gators sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves III, wrote NFL.com's Albert Breer.

Cooper vs. Hargreaves III is arguably the most intriguing matchup between NFL prospects to watch this weekend. Both are considered surefire first-rounders. "Hargreaves is the best young CB in the country," an AFC college scouting director said. "(It's a) step up in competition." The scout continued that while Cooper's early-season production (3 catches for 454 yards and two touchdowns) and game film have been impressive, "these are the games we evaluate, not the ones against lower-level competition." Concluded Breer: "The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cooper projects as a bigger, stronger Odell Beckham, and could be a top-15 draft pick."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 7:34 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper has "extraordinary ability" that is a "challenge to defend in isolated matchups."

"Additionally, he is an explosive runner with the strength and power to run through arm tackles on the perimeter. Given his extraordinary ability, Cooper is a challenge to defend in isolated matchups," Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-1, 210 pound Cooper has the speed (4.4 forty), physical tools, and route running ability you look for in a prototypical No. 1 NFL wideout. Brooks notes that Cooper has the "ability to run every route in the book" and the "ability to blow the top off the zone, yet is comfortable running short and intermediate routes between the hashes."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 19 - 3:17 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah spoke with one NFL executive who believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper is a better route-runner than Marqise Lee.

The executive also believes Cooper has better ball skills. Four other executives were polled and generated different comparisons, including Odell Beckham Jr., Jordy Nelson, Santonio Holmes and Roddy White. Most pointed to Cooper's speed and elusiveness with the ball in his hands.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 18 - 10:07 AM

Alabama head coach Nick Saban calls junior WR Amari Cooper "the complete package."

"He's exceptionally good against press, coming off the ball, but he's also very good coming out of a break," Saban said. "Most of the time the defender gets beat either on the release or out of the break. A lot of guys are pretty good at one and maybe not as good at the other. And he has really good hands and good ball skills. "So he's the complete package when it comes to a guy that is a pretty complete player." The Alabama prospect recently had eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown in a 40-point win against Southern Mississippi on Saturday. Cooper has 33 catches on the season for 454 yards with an average of 13.8 yards per reception, with two touchdowns in three games.
Source: AL.com
Sep 15 - 4:14 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper had eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown in a 40-point win against Southern Mississippi on Saturday.

In so doing, Cooper tied DJ Hall's 2006 Crimson Tide record of five consecutive 100-yard games and slid past Ozzie Newsome into the No. 3 spot on the school's all-time career receiving yards list. Cooper would have had bigger numbers, but he and some other starters were pulled early in the blowout. He had 108 yards in the first half. Lane Kiffin will continue to go to Cooper early and often. The junior already has 33 catches for 454 yards and two scores in three games.
Sep 14 - 10:48 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper currently leads the FBS in receiving yards with 319.

Cooper posted 130 yards on 12 receptions against West Virginia and followed it up with 189 yards on 13 receptions against FAU. The junior is absolutely filling the Marqise Lee role in lane Kiffin's offense. Expect this production to continue as long as Cooper stays healthy.
Source: NCAA
Sep 10 - 1:39 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper caught 13 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown in the school's 41-0 win over FAU.

Cooper added a rushing score of 20 yards. He seems to be fully healthy and taking on the Marqise Lee role in Lane Kiffin's offense. Aka, Cooper will be force fed targets. Cooper's long score of 52 yards saw him shake a defender and run away from others.
Sep 6 - 3:27 PM

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen said Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Drraft.

"(Cooper) might be the first overall pick in the draft," Holgorsen said at his Tuesday news conference. "He was a really good player. He got his. He caught the ball, and he got open. (WVU CB) Daryl (Worley) held his own. Daryl held his own, and Daryl is going to be a great player for us." Cooper recorded 12 catches for 130 yards in Alabama's 33-23 win over West Virginia on Saturday. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound has great natural athleticism (he says he ran 40-yard dash times of 4.31, 4.35 and 4.38 in the spring) and on-field skill, but Holgorsen is being overly gracious here. Cooper is a clear-cut Round 1 prospect, but the odds of him going No. 1 overall are exceedingly slim.
Sep 3 - 7:10 PM

TFY Draft insider's Tony Pauline "likes everything" about Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper's game.

"He’s polished, consistent and very natural," Pauline wrote. "I doubt he’ll test off the charts as former ‘Bama receiver Julio Jones did but none the less [sic] he’s a dominant prospect who projects as a number one wide out at the next level." Pauline grades Cooper as a Round 1 prospect. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Cooper hauled in 12 catches (second most in Alabama history) for 130 yards in Alabama's 33-23 win over West Virginia on Saturday.
Sep 1 - 3:13 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper hauled in 12 catches for 130 yards in Alabama's 33-23 win over West Virginia.

The junior wideout had a strong performance on the day, as he was QB Blake Sims' go-to target early and often in the game. Cooper's 12 catches on the day were the second most in Alabama history, in 2013 he only had 43 catches. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Cooper looks to be fully healthy after battling injuries last season and should be headed for a monster year.
Aug 30 - 7:53 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper was ranked by ESPN's Todd McShay as the No. 1 receiver prospect.

"Cooper has average size for the receiver position and good but not elite top-end speed, but his separation and ball skills more than make up for it," the analyst wrote. "There are very few college wide receivers who show the separation skills that Cooper does on tape with such limited experience. He has a sudden release, runs crisp routes, finds soft spots in zone coverage and does a good job of using jab steps and head fakes to set up defenders. He makes tough catches look easy, demonstrating outstanding concentration in traffic -- although he does suffer from too many focus drops." The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Cooper caught only 43 catches, 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013 while battling injuries. NFL.com recently called him college football's ninth-best player. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks compares Cooper to Roddy White, while CBS Sports' Rob Rang compares him to Marqise Lee.
Aug 24 - 9:55 PM

The NFL Media analyst team ranks Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper as the No. 9 player in college football.

"He was a little disappointing last season, but he has the tools to dominate the SEC in 2014," Daniel Jeremiah said. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Cooper caught only 43 catches, 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013 while battling injuries, but he had a spectacular freshman season prior to the disappointing sophomore campaign. "Natural pass catcher with outstanding hands, ball skills and running ability. He's a big play waiting to happen," Bucky Brooks said. Brooks wrote earlier this summer that Cooper will be a "true No. 1 receiver" in the NFL. Concluded respected veteran evaluator Gil Brandt: "Big. Fast. Great hands. A playmaker."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 23 - 8:27 PM