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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.
Apr 28 - 12:14 AM

Alabama S Nick Perry "displayed assignment sound cover skills and proper angles in run support" in 2014, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

While S Landon Collins gets most of the shine in Alabama, Perry happened to miss all of the 2013 season with a shoulder injury. This year, the 6-foot-1, 211-pound Perry started 13 games for the Crimson Tide, and recorded 80 tackles with 2 interceptions, and 5 passes broken up. Both the Patriots and the Colts have shown interest, and had Perry in for private workouts.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 27 - 2:41 PM

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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 27 - 2:50 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."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 26 - 12:25 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.
Apr 24 - 2:17 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.
Apr 23 - 10:58 PM

Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon is "a narrow-based runner who isn't as powerful as his size (6-foot-1, 226 pounds) might indicate," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

McShay ranks Yeldon No. 65 overall in the class, basically a mid-Day 2 pick. "He'll break a few tackles, but he isn't an overpowering runner," McShay wrote. "Where he excels is with his lateral agility and acceleration off his cuts. So many times on tape I'd see him make a quick jump cut in the backfield to elude a defender and then explode through the hole. I think he can play in either a power O or zone-blocking running scheme, as he's patient, waits for blocks to develop and does a good job of finding cutback lanes." Yeldon has been compared to Le'Veon Bell and Frank Gore. He's outstanding near the goal line.
Apr 23 - 7:05 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

ESPN's K.C. Joyner writes that Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon "is known for his top-end speed and breakaway ability, but his goal-line conversion ability is a skill that sets him apart."

Yeldon cashed in seven touchdowns on nine rushes from at or inside the 2-yard line in 2014. "This showing was not an anomaly, as he had seven touchdowns in eight rush attempts in that scenario in 2013," Joyner wrote. "Add those seasons together and it equates to an 82.3 percent touchdown conversion rate. To put this total into perspective, note that according to ESPN Stats & Information, college rushers converted carries from at or inside the 2-yard line into a touchdown an average of 59.3 percent of the time last year. This shows Yeldon is that rare type of back who can convert drives into six points a very high percentage of the time." Yeldon, compared to Le'Veon Bell and Frank Gore, will hear his name called on Day 2.
Apr 18 - 9:54 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

NFL Films' Greg Cosell compares Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon to Frank Gore.

Cosell has arguably been Yeldon's biggest fan amongst analysts during the draft process. "Yeldon picks and slides through traffic with vision, quick feet," Cosell said. "Critical skills in NFL. Like Frank Gore." Cosell added that Yeldon "bounces outside too often, expecting to outrun people," a trait that must be worked on in the NFL, where such predilections will lead to lost yardage. Yeldon, also compared to Le'Veon Bell, will hear his name called on Day 2.
Apr 15 - 7:43 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

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney writes that Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon "puts together a ridiculous combination of stops, starts, jump-cuts and bursts that leave defenders grasping at air."

"His size is impressive, rounded off at 6-foot-1, 226, although he should not be mistaken as a tough, inside runner just because he is big (think Michael Bush)," Cooney wrote. "He also doesn't have a quick shift to a higher gear, which may mean that his whole dance routine is out of necessity." When asked to identify his best traits, Yeldon answered: "I have good vision, good cutting ability. I can catch the ball out of the backfield. I can split out wide and catch the ball. It just depends on how somebody wants to use me in their offense." Concluded Cooney: "Yeldon is neither fast nor powerful as a runner, but is so nifty he probably would star in touch tackle. He is a good receiver, for those teams looking for a medium fast, medium tough, big elusive running back that can catch."
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 14 - 9:27 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


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