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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

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

Alabama S Nick Perry worked out for the Patriots and Colts, according to Aaron Wilson.

At Alabama, Perry was able to play in multiple coverages that were advanced for the college level. That means he has experience as a single high DB, split safety, strong safety and even some time in nickel. He should be a priority free agent.
Apr 10 - 10:48 AM

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

Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon visited the Jaguars at the club's facility Wednesday.

"Yeldon could be exactly what the Jaguars need, and available at the right time in the draft to get him," noted NFL Media. Jacksonville desperately needs a running back and isn't going to take one in Round 1 barring a blockbuster move down the board. They are in a nice position to pick the best remaining runner with the No. 36 pick, however. NFL Media analyst Charles Davis reported recently that he is "hearing more and more buzz" about Yeldon.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 8 - 8:04 PM

Alabama S Landon Collins is the best fit for the Colts at No. 29 overall, wrote CBS Sports' Frank Cooney.

"If general manager Ryan Grigson wants Collins, he'll probably have to trade up from No. 29 to get him," Cooney wrote. "The trade would mirror the aggressive strategy Indianapolis has taken thus far this offseason, landing aging stars in wide receiver Andre Johnson, running back Frank Gore and edge rusher Trent Cole, among others in free agency." CBS Sports analysts fall all over the board on No. 29 projections. Rob Rang gives the Colts DE Alvin Dupree, Dane Brugler slots them CB Byron Jones, Pete Prisco mocks them DT Jordan Phillips and Will Brinson sees OT D.J. Humphries.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 6:19 PM


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