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Amari Cooper | Wide Receiver

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

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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

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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

CBS Sports' Rob Rang compares Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper to Marqise Lee, and stresses not all similarities are complimentary.

"Like Lee, Cooper has excellent quickness and balance to get a clean release against press coverage and to make defenders miss in space," Brugler wrote. "Each accelerates in a flash, generating the burst to gain separation from top cornerbacks. Both can make the spectacular reception look easy and are competitive blockers. Also like Lee, however, Cooper will freelance on his routes a bit and simply drops too many footballs." The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Cooper caught only 43 catches, 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013 while battling injuries. "Cooper is noticeably thicker in his chest and thighs than Lee, which may make him more likely to remain durable," Rang wrote. "He'll need to be to earn the first-round pick that [Julio] Jones and [Roddy] White received."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 9 - 11:13 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper said he needed an attitude adjustment last year.

"I think I was frustrated for a long time last year, long spans of time last year. I was having a negative attitude," he said. Cooper was down on himself for the way he allowed turf toe and other injuries to affect his playing time and production. "(It took) people talking to me, coaches talking to me, and me realizing that having a negative attitude will make anything worse," Cooper said. "It won't make anything better. ... All of them (injuries) were pretty nagging. I just felt like I couldn't be the best player I could be. But I had to realize injuries are part of football, and you have to give 100 percent of what you have when you are hurt."
Source: NFL.com
Aug 3 - 11:51 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks sees Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "thriving as a Roddy White-like playmaker as a pro."

The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder caught only 43 catches, 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013 while battling injuries, but Brooks isn't concerned. "Cooper is a talented No. 1 receiver with a fundamentally sound game that should allow him to quickly blossom into an elite receiver at the next level," Brooks wrote. "While I'm not ready to proclaim him a top-10-caliber receiver at this point, I certainly believe he is already more polished than Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans as a route runner, and exhibits the explosiveness to be a difference maker in any system." Cooper possesses "explosive running skills," "superior athleticism and superb route-running skills," and "displays exceptional patience and timing as a route runner," which is why the analyst sees him as a "true No. 1 receiver" in the NFL.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 3:58 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper ranks as Mel Kiper's top underclassmen WR.

"There probably isn't a better receiver in the country at adjusting to a ball in the air and making a contested catch," Kiper wrote. "But Cooper isn't just a down-the-field guy; he's an explosive (and underrated) runner after the catch, and does a good job setting up defenders as well." Cooper must stay healthy this year after hobbling through 2013 and putting up only 43 catches, 736 yards and four touchdowns, but he's arguably the most talented WR in college, a player NFL.com's Bucky Brooks last month called a "prototypical No. 1 receiver" in the NFL. "[Cooper] eats up space as a route runner and is both smooth and explosive in his breaks, with little wasted motion," Kiper wrote. "That lack of wasted motion is part of the reason he so consistently beats people over the top."
Jun 11 - 9:21 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes that Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper is a "prototypical No. 1 receiver that NFL coaches and scouts could covet" at the next level.

"The junior standout is the prototypical No. 1 receiver that NFL coaches and scouts covet as the anchor of a passing game. Cooper is a big, athletic playmaker with exceptional ball skills and hands. Most important, he is a smooth, fluid route runner capable of running every route in the book, which makes him the ideal receiver to feature in a game plan," Brooks wrote. The injury-plagued Cooper had a sophomore slump type of season, with 43 catches, 736 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2013. Lucky for Cooper, Nick Saban has made it known that he plans to get his star wideout the ball as much as possible this upcoming season, which could really put his talents on showcase for NFL scouts this season.
Source: NFL.com
May 29 - 11:48 AM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper endorses new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin.

"Pretty cool guy. Pretty laid back guy," said Cooper. "He pays attention to everything, every little thing. I noticed that about him when we were practicing for the bowl game." The Crimson Tide star labeled Kiffin a "player's coach." Kiffin developed star receivers Robert Woods, Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor at USC. Expect Cooper to generate plenty of interest from NFL scouts this coming season.
Source: AL.com
Mar 17 - 7:19 PM

Alabama sophomore WR Amari Cooper returned to practice this week and will play Saturday against Ole Miss, but might not start.

Cooper has been sidelined with a toe injury, giving way to Kevin Norwood, Christion Jones, and Kenny Bell. His return to the lineup is huge for the Crimson Tide, and even if he doesn't start we expect Cooper to be targeted on a few vertical shots. Ole Miss might be a difficult matchup for Bama if they generate a consistent pass rush.
Source: AL.com
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 09:48:00 AM

Two Alabama players topped Scouts Inc.'s list of the best true sophomores in the country, WR Amari Cooper and RB T.J. Yeldon.

Cooper is number one, with Yeldon just behind him. It is "Cooper's route running that sets him apart on tape; he shows savvy beyond his years in this department, a big reason why he already is one of the premier receivers in the country," Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl wrote. The two evaluators add Yeldon could improve his ball security. Both will be pivotal pieces in the Crimson Tide's season.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 12:02:00 PM

Alabama sophomore WR Amari Cooper and junior ILB Trey DePriest returned to full availability for Tuesday's practice.

Cooper missed a few days with a foot strain, while DePriest was serving a short suspension. Both are pivotal pieces on their sides of the ball, so it is good news for Alabama that each returned on Tuesday. The Crimson Tide open their season against Virginia Tech.
Tue, Aug 20, 2013 05:02:00 PM

Alabama sophomore WR Amari Cooper will miss a few days of preseason work due to a strained foot.

Cooper has been limited in practice the last few days and has worn a non-contact jersey. "I don't think he’s going to be hurt for a long time. I don’t think he’s going to be out for a long time," head coach Nick Saban said. It is something worth monitoring, as Cooper is a pivotal part of the Crimson Tide's offense and possibly the top receiver in college football.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 09:10:00 AM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah consider sophomore WR Amari Cooper Alabama's best player.

"He reminds me of a smaller version of A.J. Green," Jeremiah said. "Very productive. 1,000 receiving yards, 11 touchdown catches last year as just a freshman. He is very sudden in his release off the line of scrimmage and creates a ton of separation thanks to his route running savvy and explosiveness. What I love most about him is he goes up and attacks the football." There is no doubting Cooper's talent, we only hope A.J. McCarron can consistently lead him on vertical routes downfield.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 05:32:00 PM

Alabama sophomore Amari Cooper was listed as the top WR in college football by former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah.

Cooper ranks as Jeremiah's fourth overall player but he will not be eligible for April's draft. USC junior Marqise Lee, Clemson junior Sammy Watkins, and Rutgers junior Brandon Coleman all rank in the top 20 as well. We know Cooper can get downfield, but can Crimson Tide passer A.J. McCarron hit him in stride on vertical passes?
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 09:14:00 AM

Alabama sophomore WR Amari Cooper is a very clean route runner, according to NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.

"Cooper can find another gear when the ball is in the air," Jeremiah tweeted. The evaluator then went on to work down the list of critical factors, "Explosive release-check, efficient route runner-check, high point the ball-check, elusive/physical after the catch-check." Cooper is known for his vertical ability, and we wonder what his game would be like with a true downfield passer.
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 09:17:00 AM