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Amari Cooper | Wide Receiver

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

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Recent News'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. Jun 28 - 3:58 PM

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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'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'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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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

Alabama freshman WR Amari Cooper should be "full speed" in time for Saturday's game against LSU.

The freshman suffered a sprained ankle last weekend against Mississippi State and missed a few practices this week because of it. Cooper leads the team in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown catches.
Wed, Oct 31, 2012 04:33:00 PM