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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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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. Apr 24 - 2:17 PM

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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.
Apr 23 - 10:58 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 NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.
Apr 20 - 10:21 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper is being compared by some scouts to Marvin Harrison, according to NFLDraftScout.com'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
Apr 17 - 8:10 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.
Apr 16 - 3:32 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.
Apr 15 - 9:56 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.
Apr 13 - 8:38 PM

Two of CBS Sports' draft analysts mock Alabama WR Amari Cooper to the Raiders at No. 4, and the other two give Oakland WVU WR Kevin White.

Frank Cooney doesn't have a mock draft, but he has something of a tiebreaker here, tabbing Cooper as the draft's best fit for the Raiders. "Cooper's smooth route-running and Hoover-like hands could give Oakland the improved passing game to compete in the airy AFC West," Cooney wrote. Rob Rang and Dane Brugler are the writers who gave Oakland Cooper, while Pete Prisco and Will Brinson say Kevin White. "Talent evaluators are split on Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White as the top receiver in the 2015 draft," Rang wrote. "Cooper (6-1, 211 pounds) is smaller than White (6-3, 215), but is more polished." Wrote Prisco: "White fits the Raiders better than Amari Cooper."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 10:03 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora believes Alabama WR Amari Cooper is the "difference maker" that the Jets will be drafting at No.6, in his latest mock draft.

"Yeah, they traded for Brandon Marshall, but he's not taking the top off anything and that's likely a two-year deal for him anyway. And high-end speed is not Eric Decker's game, either. Speedster Percy Harvin is gone and if Geno Smith is going to have any chance to develop, he needs some difference makers around him. I see the Jets going receiver if they stay here," La Canfora wrote. The Jets need to surround Geno Smith with more weapons to give him a shot at being the guy in New York. The Alabama wideout could be one of the safest wide receiver prospects in the draft, and could be Geno's future go-to-guy for years to come.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 2:18 PM

Sharon Katz and John Parolin of ESPN Stats & Information wrote that Alabama WR Amari Cooper is most similar to Odell Beckham Jr. in the 2014 class.

Despite missing four games to injury, Beckham Jr. led rookie wideouts last season in receptions (91), yards (1,305) and was co-leader in touchdown receptions (12). Cooper, on the other hand, had an SEC-record 124 receptions in 2014, 84 more catches than any other Tide player. "He excelled on downfield passes (ranking second in the FBS on receptions of 20 yards or more) and after the catch (third in yards after the catch)," observed Katz and Parolin. "Similar to Beckham Jr., Cooper has the versatility to beat teams in a variety of ways."
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 8 - 1:04 PM

John Parolin of ESPN's Stats & Information Group statistically compares Alabama WR Amari Cooper to Sammy Watkins, Chad Jackson and Tavon Austin.

"Cooper's total measurables best compare to Watkins," he wrote. "Both receivers stand almost 6-1 and 211 pounds with almost identical arm lengths and wingspans. Cooper has similar vertical jump numbers to Watkins, but is over one-third of a second faster in the 20-yard shuttle run." Colleague Kevin Weidl understands the Watkins comparison, but believes a 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.
Apr 3 - 11:13 PM

Al.com's Matt Zenitz reports that Alabama WR Amari Cooper had a pre-draft visit with the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday.

The St. Louis Rams, who hold the No. 10 pick in the draft, could be looking for weapons for their newly acquired QB Nick Foles. The Rams currently have WR Kenny Britt leading the way at the position and could look to the draft for a real difference-maker. The Crimson Tide talent has the potential to be the No.1 wideout that the Rams have been looking for.
Source: Al.com
Apr 1 - 4:17 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock says Alabama WR Amari Cooper "has the highest floor" of all receiver prospects.

"That means you know what you're going to get from him and he's going to play at a high level," Mayock said. The analyst ranks Cooper as the No. 2 WR, just a hair behind West Virginia's Kevin White. We also rank White as the No. 1 receiver, just ahead of Cooper. You probably can't go wrong taking either, though.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 8:57 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper will visit the Jets on Thursday, according to Kimberly A. Martin.

The move makes a lot of sense even with the Jets' added talent in the last two offseasons. The team took three receivers in last year's draft, but again, that should not prevent a team from selecting a talent like Amari who has traits that easily translate to the NFL. Those types of prospects are difficult to find, especially this year. Cooper wins on the ground with burst, acceleration run after the catch and little wasted movement. He is not a contested catch receiver, however.
Mar 31 - 10:36 AM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper offers the Raiders "a good chance to double down" on a "high-floor" prospect after plucking Khalil Mack last year, postulates ESPN's Mel Kiper.

The Raiders pick No. 4, right in the range of where Cooper is expected to go. As you know, the prospect has been a popular mock draft destination in Oakland's slot. "He's sneaky explosive, is a brilliant route runner and has 'work ethic' tied to his name as much or more than any other great player in the draft," Kiper wrote. "I think he's your best bet to be a No. 1 wide receiver against seasoned NFL defensive backs early in his career as any wideout in this draft, and that's what Oakland needs." The venerable analyst sees the odds of this pairing coming to fruition as "pretty good": "Maybe they prefer Kevin White, but Cooper makes sense and deserves to land in this range."
Mar 31 - 1:32 AM