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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 ranks as CBS Sports' Dane Brugler's No. 5 overall prospect.
"While not in the same conversation as AJ Green and Julio Jones as a prospect, Cooper is very detailed and well-rounded, making it tough to poke holes in his game," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper posted 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Brugler wrote earlier this month, that "Cooper is a humble, hard worker and might be the 'safest' prospect in this class when projecting him to the next level. Jan 29 - 3:05 PM
Source: CBS Sports

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NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper is "a taller version of Odell Beckham Jr., although he doesn't quite have Beckham's speed."

The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper posted 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Brandt notes that 25 of those catches came on third down, "so that tells you that he was really moving the chains. Anytime Alabama needed a big play, it would go to him even though he was often double- or triple-teamed." Cooper is a potential -- some would say likely -- top-10 pick in the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 11:47 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "is very well-rounded with more than enough athleticism to create separation before, during and after the catch."

The Biletnikoff Award winner, who declared for the draft this week, posted 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. "He is a detailed route runner with an understanding of how to set up defenders, clearly paying attention to the subtleties of the position," Brugler wrote. "Cooper is a humble, hard worker and might be the 'safest' prospect in this class when projecting him to the next level. He will be able to help a NFL team immediately as a rookie." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper is considered to be a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 10:32 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper improved his draft stock in the Sugar Bowl, CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes.

Cooper caught nine passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-35 loss to Ohio State, a team with a strong pass defense. "It isn't just the production in Lane Kiffin's pro-style scheme that has scouts excited," Rang wrote. "Cooper possesses great agility and first-step acceleration to generate big plays. His lack of elite size and occasional dropped pass keeps him out of the elite category." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper finished with 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Rang ranks him as the No. 8 prospect in the class.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 8:30 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Alex Scarborough.

As expected. Many consider Amari the top receiver in this class. Let us start with negatives: he has displayed drop issues and does not consistently win in contested situations. There are many more positives, however, including: creating consistent separation with route running and sustaining speed in breaks and creating yards on his own with after catch ability.
Source: ESPN
Jan 8 - 1:24 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper's "lack of elite size and occasional dropped pass keeps him out of the elite category."

"Cooper possesses great agility and first-step acceleration to generate big plays. His lack of elite size and occasional dropped pass keeps him out of the elite category," Rang wrote. The Biletnikoff Award winner, had an outstanding season with 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns, adding two scores against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl loss. Cooper will compete with Kevin White and possibly a few others to be the first receiver off the board this Spring.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 7 - 3:04 PM

NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah notes that Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "is an outstanding route runner."

"Amari Cooper is an outstanding route runner. Sets up defenders, explodes in/out of break point. Always works back to the ball," Jeremiah tweeted. The Crimson Tide prospect is smooth out of his breaks and can separate well at all levels of the field, which make him a nightmare to cover. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper is considered to be a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Jan 6 - 3:34 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper caught nine passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 42-35 loss to Ohio State.

This might be quiet for Cooper's standings, but he still found the endzone twice. Cooper was held in check early and Alabama wasn't able to get him the ball often enough in yards after catch situations. This was almost certainly Cooper's final collegiate game. He will compete with Kevin White and possibly a few others to tbe the first receiver off the board this Spring.
Jan 2 - 11:36 AM

NFL scouts told NFL.com that Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper would have been ranked behind Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr. had he been in the 2014 draft.

Watkins, Evans, and Beckham Jr. all went in the top 12 of last year's draft. While this is an interesting report, it's ultimately a meaningless apples to oranges comparison. Cooper is considered by many to be the best receiver in the 2015 class, and he'll likely be a top 10 pick. "Cooper is certainly an intriguing prospect capable of being a Day 1 starter in the NFL, but he is not a talent capable of revolutionizing the position when he enters the league," reported NFL.com. "The scouts' opinions here appear in line with those NFL Media reporter Albert Breer spoke with recently, saying Cooper lacks a 'wow' factor."
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 10:38:00 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that scouts are excited about Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper's "great agility and first-step acceleration."

"It isn't just the production in Lane Kiffin's pro-style scheme, however, that has scouts excited. Cooper possesses great agility and first-step acceleration, which make him a nightmare to cover," Rang writes. The Crimson Tide prospect has had a monster year, with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Rang notes that Cooper "projects as a potential immediate impact performer in the NFL." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper is considered to be a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 03:10:00 PM

NFL Media reporter Albert Breer reports that one AFC scout says that Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper isn't "elite."

"Well ... "He's an easy route runner," one AFC area scout told Albert Breer. "Not a lot of wasted movement, solid hands, good speed. But I wouldn't say he's elite. He does a lot of things really well." The Heisman hopeful has 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2014. The Scout mentioned that Cooper "just doesn't do anything with a 'Wow' factor like (Sammy) Watkins, (Mike) Evans or (Odell) Beckham last year." With that being said, Cooper is still considered to be the best wideout in the country, and a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 02:40:00 PM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffin expects junior WR Amari Cooper to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

"I don't have to worry about him coming back next year," Kiffin said. "That's pretty much done." With two potential remaining games, Cooper has 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. The Heisman Trophy finalist is a projected top-10 pick in the 2015 draft. This year's underclassmen must declare by the Jan. 15 deadline.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 12:13:00 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper is a darkhorse candidate to go No. 1 overall.

"It is very rare for wide receivers to go No. 1 overall (the last one was Keyshawn Johnson in 1996), but the NFL is a passing league now, and Cooper is without question one of the biggest difference-makers in the 2015 class," McShay wrote. "If a team that is already set at the QB position winds up with the No. 1 pick, Cooper could be in the mix." Cooper, a Heisman finalist, heads into the inaugural College Football Playoff with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Though a long shot to go No. 1, Cooper is a good bet to go in the top 10.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 09:14:00 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper was named the SEC's Offensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches.

The Heisman Trophy finalist has had a monster year, with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Cooper is considered the best wideout in the country and a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 03:39:00 PM

An NFL scout speaking with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said WR and OT were the two best positions in this draft class, and the paper reported Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper was unanimously chosen by scouts as the top wideout.

"He's a top-10 player," said one scout. "Excellent hands. Very explosive and fast. One of the better route runners to come out in a long, long time. Very skilled. Had big-time production. Only thing that's starting to creep up on him is a few injuries." Cooper heads into the inaugural College Football Playoff -- and two potential remaining games -- with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. He's a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 09:15:00 PM