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Amari Cooper | Wide Receiver

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

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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." Dec 18 - 10:38 AM
Source: NFL.com

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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.
Dec 12 - 3:10 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
Dec 12 - 2:40 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
Dec 11 - 12:13 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.
Dec 10 - 9:14 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.
Dec 10 - 3:39 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.
Dec 9 - 9:15 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "doesn't have the same gifts as former Alabama receiver and top-10 pick Julio Jones."

That said, the analyst thinks Cooper "is outstanding in the two essential areas of playing the position: creating separation and finishing catches." With potentially two games remaining on the schedule, Cooper heads into the inaugural College Football Playoff with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. "There are several general managers in the NFL who won't draft a wide receiver in the top-10 picks unless he is rare (Calvin Johnson), but Cooper is as reliable as this draft class will offer," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 8 - 10:33 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "is a prototypical WR1 with the tools to shine as a flanker or split end at the next level," wrote NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

"From a skills evaluation standpoint, Cooper is not only an explosive athlete, but he is a polished route runner adept at creating separation from defenders with subtle fakes and moves at the top of his routes," Brooks wrote after praising Cooper's performance in the SEC Championship Game. "He already shows a tremendous understanding of timing and patience as a route runner, which puts him ahead of the curve heading into the NFL. Additionally, Cooper is a power runner with the ball in his hands. He runs through arm tackles on the perimeter and appears very comfortable weaving through traffic. Although Cooper occasionally is plagued by the 'dropsies,' he has excellent ball skills and should develop into a solid playmaker as a pro." Cooper, widely considered the best wideout in the country and a potential top-10 pick, should finish in the top three of Heisman voting.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 8 - 8:34 PM

Alabama receivers Amari Cooper and DeAndre White combine to accrue a +4.4 game score from Pro Football Focus on Saturday versus Missouri.

"An offensive performance where quarterback Blake Sims was able to put the ball in the hands of his playmakers early and often, Cooper and White formed a nice duo here," wrote Gordon McGuinness. "Cooper saw a lot of action early in the game on screens, while it was White who came up with the big touchdown in the second quarter." For his part, Cooper caught 12 passes for 83 yards as the Tide won another SEC Championship, finishing the regular season with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. PFF passed along that Cooper and White had Yards Per Route Run of 2.68 and 3.61 against Missouri, respectively.
Dec 8 - 7:27 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper caught 12 passes for 83 yards in Saturday's win over Missouri in the SEC Championship.

Cooper caught 10 balls in the first half alone. While he was limited to just two catches after halftime, he did have several key receptions to help bleed the clock in the fourth quarter. Cooper didn't bust anything deep (long catch of only 17 yards), but was incredibly effective in moving the chains and working for short-to-medium gains. This was the kind of workman-like game that scouts want to see out of Cooper, as it shows his ability to make an impact even when he's not making the shiny, highlight-friendly plays. For the regular season, Cooper finished with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. He is widely considered to be the best wideout prospect in the country and could possibly be drafted in the Top-10 come the spring.
Dec 6 - 7:52 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes "it's tough to find holes" in Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper's game.

"He doesn't have the speed of Sammy Watkins or size of Mike Evans, two receivers drafted in the top-10 last year, but it's tough to find holes in Cooper's game. He has a natural feel for the position and is above average in two critical areas: getting open and catching the football," Brugler writes. On the season, Cooper finished with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns, which are all Crimson Tide records. Brugler adds that Cooper has "both the résumé and the skill-set that are equally as impressive to scouts."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 4 - 2:51 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "is as reliable as this draft class will offer."

"There are several general managers in the NFL who won't draft a wide receiver in the top-10 picks unless he is rare (Calvin Johnson), but Cooper is as reliable as this draft class will offer," Brugler wrote. The Crimson Tide prospect put on a show in the Iron Bowl hauling in 13 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, Cooper finished with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns, which are all Crimson Tide records. Brugler adds that, Cooper "doesn't have the same gifts as former Alabama receiver Julio Jones, but he is outstanding in the two essential areas of playing the position: creating separation and finishing catches."
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 2 - 2:20 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper was dynamic once again in Saturday's win over Auburn, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Cooper caught 13 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns. If possible, the gigantic performance elicited a yawn from evaluators accustomed to watching Cooper light up the scoreboard. "Scouts, of course, know what Cooper can do," Rang wrote. "The silky-smooth pass-catcher is a projected top 10 pick, after all."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 30 - 6:27 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper caught 13 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns in the school's 55-44 win over Auburn.

Cooper was able to take advantage of isolated coverage, creating separation with quickness in his breaks and body control. The receiver has done a much better job winning at the catch point this season compared to 2013. Yes, we know Cooper was injured last season, but you must evaluate what is put on the field and that is why evaluations are fluid. Cooper can dominate the small game, in terms of creating space and separation.
Nov 30 - 12:09 PM