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Amari Cooper | Wide Receiver

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/17/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 198

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Rotoworld's Evan Silva panned the Raiders' draft as a "C" effort.
"[Max] Valles may be the most intriguing prospect [GM Reggie] McKenzie drafted, offering a plus combo of college production and athleticism," Silva wrote. "McKenzie knocked it out of the park last April, but beyond the [Amari] Cooper selection I don't think the Raiders got a lot better this year." ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Raiders a "B." "If I'm critiquing, it's probably in Round 2, where I thought Mario Edwards was a bit of a reach as my 61st-ranked player," Kiper wrote. "Edwards was a need, but this team has plenty of them and I had a couple dozen players rated higher there." Mon, May 4, 2015 10:08:00 PM
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Raiders selected Alabama WR Amari Cooper with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Cooper (6'1/211) won the 2014 Biletnikoff Award as college football's top receiver, setting an SEC record with 124 receptions as a 20-year-old true junior. He finished his college career with a 228-3,463-31 receiving line, averaging 15.2 yards per catch. Although Cooper lacks ideal in-air leaping ability (33" vertical), he runs sub-4.4 with blinding short-area quicks, evidenced by Cooper's 6.71 three-cone time and 3.98 short shuttle. Likened to Torry Holt by NFL Network's Mike Mayock, there are also elements of Odell Beckham to Cooper's small-ball game. Not yet 21 years old, Cooper projects as a PPR monster in the pros. He'll slot in as Derek Carr's unquestioned No. 1 receiver in an offense that was previously a cluster of twos and threes.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 08:38:00 PM

Dan Pompei is "hearing" the Rams could move up for Alabama WR Amari Cooper.

In the same tweet, Pompei writes "if they can’t move up, they could move back." We expect a number of trades on Thursday, as teams in the middle and later part of round one as teams target the final few first round grades still on their board. Amari Cooper would add some much need consistency to the Rams' receiver group.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 09:50:00 AM

A scout compared Alabama WR Amari Cooper to Reggie Wayne.

"Wayne has always been under the radar as being a great receiver," the scout said. "That's Cooper. Makes plays. Get open. Difficult to bring down. Not because he's strong, but because he has a knack and can make a subtle move." Another scout's comparisons were just as complimentary. "I think he's better than Torry Holt, Roddy White," he said. "Very smooth and very polished." Cooper caught 253 passes for 3,401 yards and 25 touchdowns over the past two years in the SEC. "He plays tough," a third scout said. "He's just not I guess the modern prototype now because of the size."
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 11:30:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes West Virginia's Kevin White may have "the higher upside" than Alabama WR Amari Cooper, but it's Cooper who has the "higher floor" than White.

"Cooper is a great route runner with suddenness and a highly competitive nature. Kevin White might have the higher upside, but Cooper has the higher floor," Zierlein wrote. The Crimson Tide prospect has shown he can be productive, as he's hauled in 253 passes for 3,401 yards and 25 touchdowns over the past two seasons in the SEC. Cooper should pick up where he left off, and should be a plug-and-play prospect from day one. Both cooper and White should be off the board in the top 10 picks of the draft.
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 02:19:00 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper "reminds me of a young Tim Brown coming out of Notre Dame," says ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

"He will line up to the left, he will line up to the right, he will go in motion, and he will be in the slot," said Gruden. "He runs a large inventory of routes. If the coverage rotates, he knows how to adjust the pattern. He can get in and out of his breaks. He has savvy and he is elusive after the catch." Cooper visited 10 teams in the top 12, including the Buccaneers, Titans, Jaguars, Redskins, Jets, Bears, Falcons, Giants, Rams and Browns. Noticeably absent on that list is Oakland, though we mock Cooper to the Raiders (as do many). "He's got good length, good height, good vertical, and the way he competes when the ball is in the air separates him," Gruden said.
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 12:14:00 AM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes a good case can be made for the Jacksonville Jaguars drafting Alabama WR Amari Cooper No. 3, but thinks the club should wait until the second round to draft a receiver.

"They need to upgrade that defensive front, and that wide receiver class is so deep this year," Mayock said. "I think if (the Jaguars) want a receiver, you can get him at No. 36." The Jaguars, of course, must make major offensive strides in this week's draft. They finished last in the NFL in scoring offense with 15.6 points per game last year.
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 02:50:00 AM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper "is the complete package," a "polished player and a mature route runner," writes NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"I think he could flourish early in almost any situation, but I have him landing with the Oakland Raiders at No. 4 in my latest mock draft," Davis wrote. Cooper visited 10 teams in the top 12, including the Buccaneers, Titans, Jaguars, Redskins, Jets, Bears, Falcons, Giants, Rams and Browns. Noticeably absent on that list is Oakland, which is either a sign of no interest or intense interest. (It's the latter). "He will get plenty of opportunities to make plays if he lands there as an immediate top target for second-year QB Derek Carr," Davis wrote. "Carr will want to rely on Cooper, and big numbers for the former Crimson Tide star could follow, but the same outcome could be in store for Cooper even if he is paired elsewhere with a veteran QB."
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 12:25:00 AM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper visited 10 teams who hold picks in the top 12, per Aaron Wilson.

Those 10 teams include the Buccaneers, Titans, Jaguars, Redskins, Jets, Bears, Falcons, Giants, Rams and Browns. The two in the top 12 who did not bring Cooper in were the Raiders and Vikings. Many have mocked Cooper to the Raiders, including us. Amari will not be waiting long on draft day.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 02:17:00 PM

Of studying Alabama WR Amari Cooper's game film, ESPN's Todd McShay wrote that it "felt like I was watching a five- or six-year NFL veteran."

This sensation is why Cooper is being compared by NFL scouts to Marvin Harrison. "I just really appreciate the way he works as a receiver in terms of his route-running skills and his savvy," McShay wrote. "From getting off of the press, to the precision of his routes, to getting his head turned around immediately as he's coming out of his break, to knowing where the sticks are on third downs and making sure he gets beyond them, he is just a really polished receiver. That's rare to see in college football right now, given the spread offense frenzy." Cooper caught 253 passes for 3,401 yards and 25 touchdowns over the past two years in the SEC. Argue with the measurables if you must, but only a near-certain NFL star could produce at such a rate in that league.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 10:58:00 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper "does not match that typical [top-five WR] profile, but to me he is the best receiver in the draft," said an analytics director.

Between 2001-2010, all six wideouts drafted in the top five -- Charles Rogers, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Braylon Edwards and Calvin Johnson -- were at least 6-foot-3. Of course, one could quickly argue that the paradigm is changing. Sammy Watkins (2014) and Justin Blackmon (2011) both have similar dimensions to Cooper. "We love Cooper," Pro Football Focus senior analyst Steve Palazzolo said. Cooper is being compared by some scouts to Marvin Harrison, according to's Frank Cooney.
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 10:21:00 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper is being compared by some scouts to Marvin Harrison, according to's Frank Cooney.

"Not as big or fast as some prospects, Cooper is consistently productive because he is just too clever to cover, best evidenced by a startling ability to separate himself from frustrated, would-be defenders," Cooney wrote. "His formula for disappearing from defensive backs includes rare balance, intuition and precise cuts punctuated by an explosive, see-you later move." Cooper had an SEC-record 124 receptions in 2014, 84 more catches than any other Tide player, and caught 253 passes for 3,401 yards and 25 touchdowns over the past two years. "A future star for some NFL team. Cooper's outrageous talent withstood the test of time and constant defensive attention in the best college conference," Cooney wrote. The analyst ranks Cooper as the No. 5 player in the class.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Apr 17, 2015 08:10:00 PM

Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot reports that Alabama WR Amari Cooper had a visit with the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns hold the No.12 and 19 selections in the first round, and it's possible that Cooper could be off the board by the time they choose. If the Browns are serious about landing Cooper, they could package their two picks to go up and get him. The Browns currently have Brian Hartline, Dwayne Bowe and Andrew Hawkins -- who are all getting up there in age. Cooper could be seen as the future at the position, and a potential starter for the next decade.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 03:32:00 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper is visiting the Titans on Wednesday, according to Jim Wyatt.

Cooper, Kendall Wright and (to a much lesser extent) Harry Douglas would be redundant. All three win in the "small" receiver game, meaning creating separation, sustaining it and picking up yards after the catch. Justin Hunter is not progressing, so if the Titans do add a receiver it should be one who can win in contested situations.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 09:56:00 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that Alabama WR Amari Cooper "isn't as big as Jordy Nelson or as fast as Roddy White, but I see elements of both players' games in Cooper."

"You could make the argument that Cooper is a possession receiver because of his best-in-class separation skills," McShay wrote. "But he has also shown the ability to get over the top of defenses, and one of his best traits, which rarely gets discussed, is his ability to compete for and come down with the 50-50 ball. He's also good after the catch, transitioning quickly upfield after he secures the ball." John Parolin of ESPN's Stats & Information Group statistically compares Cooper to Sammy Watkins, Chad Jackson and Tavon Austin. Colleague Kevin Weidl agrees with McShay that the better comparable is Jordy Nelson. "Although Nelson is slightly bigger, both are extremely detailed route runners who have the ability to create separation at all three levels and show excellent field and situational awareness for the position," Weidl wrote.
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 08:38:00 PM