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Amari Cooper | Wide Receiver

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (20) / 6/17/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 198

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"Defenses knew he was coming, but there was nothing they could do," ESPN's Mel Kiper noted of Alabama WR Amari Cooper.
"Man him. Zone him. Bracket him. Press him. Do whatever you want -- yet Cooper has shown he can get open with short-area quickness, strength, and speed out of his breaks and over the top. He also recognizes what defenses are trying to do to him," Kiper wrote. "This guy caught 84 more passes than the next guy on his team last year. We've also seen in Cooper's workouts that concerns about his speed aren't just unfounded; Cooper is one of the fastest WR prospects in this draft." Cooper is ticketed for the top 10, and could go as high as No. 4 to the Raiders. He's ranked by Kiper and Todd McShay as the best WR in the draft, and he checks in as Scouts Inc.'s No. 3 overall player. Mar 30 - 9:29 PM

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Football Outsiders' Playmaker Score, a system for projecting wide receivers, ranks Alabama WR Amari Cooper as the class' best receiver.

When asked for similar historical prospects, the machine brought back Marvin Harrison and A.J. Green, nice company indeed. "Unlike many wide receiver prospects in this year's draft, Cooper did not play in the spread, and he faced some of the toughest defenses in the country," wrote FO's Nathan Forster. "Historically, Cooper probably best compares to Indianapolis Colts great Marvin Harrison as a prospect; Cooper was not quite as dominant as Harrison was at Syracuse, but the mid-'90s Big East wasn't a match for today's SEC, either." Cooper, who collected 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season, is ranked by Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay as the best WR in the draft, and he checks in as Scouts Inc.'s No. 3 overall player.
Mar 29 - 4:41 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper is the class' safest offensive player, according to NFL Media.

"Cooper comes from a pro-style offense and has experience running every sort of pass route he could be asked to run in the NFL," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "He has the speed to get open deep downfield, the quickness to make the first tackler miss on screens and shorter throws, and the size and toughness to play in the middle of the field. Cooper also has as soft a pair of hands as there is in the draft. His work ethic and off-field behavior is unquestioned. "
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 6:14 PM

New York Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and New York Giants GM Jerry Reese were on hand at Alabama's pro day.

"Probably checking out WR Amari Cooper," ESPN NFL Nation reporter Rich Cimini noted of Maccagnan. ESPN colleague Greg Ostendorf added that the Oakland Raiders (No. 4), Jets (No. 6) and Giants (No. 9) have all been linked to Cooper. If Marcus Mariota goes No. 2, and the Raiders take Kevin White at No. 4, Cooper would make all sorts of sense for the Jets. "I don't really care who I play for," Cooper said. "I just want to play ball. I respect every NFL team because it was a dream I've had since I was a little kid. I don't care who I play for." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper collected 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. "First of all, he's a very talented guy," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said. "He's got great quickness, great speed. He's got really good size, very good hands and he's got some running ability after the catch."
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 16 - 12:13 AM

NFL Media's Bucky Brooks believes NFL coaches prefer Alabama WR Amari Cooper while scouts prefer WVU's Kevin White.

"The different views make sense because Scouts/GMs think long-term potential; coaches are more inclined to like guys who are ready from Day 1," Brooks tweeted. We think both will make immediate impacts, but perhaps in different ways. White's tape and athleticism might lead many to conclude is a receiver who wins in the big and small games, while Cooper is much more of a movement receiver who makes his impact with separation and yards after catch skills.
Mar 15 - 10:19 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay wrote that Alabama WR Amari Cooper is "a really intriguing option for Oakland at No. 4 overall."

McShay and his Scouts Inc. cohorts rank Cooper as the No. 1 receiver. "He did nothing to hurt his stock with a really strong combine performance, including a 4.42-second 40-yard dash," McShay wrote. "When you pair that with his route-running ability and all-around game (his 33-inch vertical was a little bit of a concern), he's a really intriguing option for Oakland at No. 4 overall." The analyst added that it's currently "about 50-50 right now between Cooper and [Kevin] White in terms of being the first WR drafted."
Mar 2 - 1:22 AM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes wide receiver is the safest position in the 2015 NFL Draft.

"It seemed like it was boom or bust, and we can go through the Mike Williams, Troy Williamson, Darrius Heyward-Bey and all the risk involved," Jeremiah said. "Then last year, we hit on all these guys. This year, I think they're some of the safest players in the draft, which you never would have said before. These guys are clean players. They've got high character and check every box." NFL Media colleague Charles Davis believes up to five receivers could go in Round 1, including West Virginia's Kevin White, Alabama's Amari Cooper, Louisville's DeVante Parker, and some combination of Oklahoma's Dorial Green-Beckham, Arizona State's Jaelen Strong, Ohio State's Devin Smith and Michigan tight end/receiver Devin Funchess.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 1 - 8:35 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper wrote that there "really isn't a flaw in [Alabama WR Amari] Cooper's game at this point."

"Running a 4.42 40 at the combine eases any long-speed concerns," Kiper wrote. "I had Cooper as my No. 1 WR even with some questions as to whether he was in the same 'athlete' class as some other WRs in this class, but the distance between him and even the athletic freaks is almost negligible now. He caught 84 more passes than the next-closest Bama player. Think about that." We grade Cooper as the No. 3 receiver in the class. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper collected 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.
Feb 28 - 5:42 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper is "one of the better route runners to come out in a long, long time," an NFL scout said.

"Very skilled, explosive and fast," he added. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper ran a 4.42 forty with a 1.62 10-yard split on Saturday. He posted 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. "Dynamic player," another scout said. "Quick, fast, agile, good hands. Difference-maker."
Feb 23 - 10:34 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper ran an "unofficial" 4.42 forty with a 1.62 10 yard split.

This is a great time for a 6'1", 211 lbs receiver with 10" hands and 31 1/2" arms. Cooper himself admitted to need to improve in contested catches. He will shine in the "small" receiver game, meaning quickness, burst, separation and yards after catch ability.
Feb 21 - 10:44 AM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper arrived at the Combine with measurements of 6'1", 211 lbs and 10" hands.

Cooper also has 31 1/2" arms. Expect Cooper to shine in change of direction drills, as in the 3-cone and short shuttle, as he displays very little wasted movements in his routes. He should have a very good workout.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 2:26 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper has the "highest floor" of the top receivers in the draft, according to NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

The analyst was specifically comparing Cooper to West Virginia's Kevin White and Louisville's DeVante Parker. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks ranks Cooper as the top receiver, while colleague Daniel Jeremiah slots Cooper No. 2 behind White. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper had 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season, though he posted a drop rate of 11.4% in five 2014 games charted by Matt Harmon.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 2:43 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay praised Alabama WR Amari Cooper's suddenness in routes.

McShay tweeted to take notice of Cooper's "ability to drop weight at top of his stem," citing a 3rd and 6 play against Florida corner Vernon Hargreaves III. This is where Cooper wins, with separation skills and quickness on the ground. This translates to the NFL both outside and in the slot.
Feb 15 - 1:45 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper will battle West Virginia's Kevin White at the combine hoping to remain the top receiver, notes NFL.com.

"NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has Cooper as the top receiver, but fellow analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Cooper No. 2, behind West Virginia's Kevin White," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "While their combine performances won't necessarily settle the debate, it will be interesting to compare. Cooper's 40 time will be especially interesting." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper had 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season, though he posted a drop rate of 11.4% in five 2014 games charted by Matt Harmon.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 10:08 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks said Alabama WR Amari Cooper will be even more effective in the NFL than in college.

"The No. 1 receiver in your offense should be able to command a double team, and you absolutely have to double team him to contain him," Brooks said Thursday on NFL Now. "... But what I really like about him, he is a guy who is still hungry, working on his craft. I think he's going to be better as a pro than he was as a collegian." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper had 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season, though he posted a drop rate of 11.4% in five 2014 games charted by Matt Harmon. "Because he's such a special talent, you had Lane Kiffin go down there and really rebuild that offense around Amari Cooper. The prototypical No. 1 receiver, outstanding route runner, great hands, tremendous ball skills and can make plays on the perimeter," Brooks said. "You want to put him at that Z position and feed him. I think in the right offense, he is going to be a very special player. He reminds me of Reggie Wayne and Roddy White."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 11:20 PM