Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
6'1", 210 lbs
40-YD Dash: 4.42
Vertical Jump: 33"
Broad Jump: 120"
3 Cone Drill: 6.71 SEC
20-YD Shuffle: 3.98 SEC
2014: 124 REC, 1,727 YDS, 13.9 AVG, 16 TD
2013: 45 REC, 736 YDS, 16.4 AVG, 4 TD
2012: 59 REC, 1,000 YDS, 16.9 AVG, 11 TD
Amari Cooper does not have the ideal size that other prospects boast, but where he wins is technique and doing the little things right. He is the best route runner in this draft and has sneaky acceleration and burst. Cooper has strong hands and catches the ball with his hands, not his body. He is versatile and can be both a possession receiver, but also a playmaker and has the ability to win jump ball situations. Cooper has the highest floor of any receiver in the draft and is a very safe pick.
What impresses me most about Cooper is his versatility. In his first two seasons at Alabama, Cooper had success in a pro style system. But this last year, the system changed completely when Lane Kiffin was hired as Offensive Coordinator. Kiffin focused on isolating Cooper and getting him the ball quickly and in space, and Cooper proved he could thrive in the new system too. The only receiver I would have drafted over Cooper last year was Sammy Watkins.
The more I watch Amari Cooper, the more I like. He does not have any weaknesses to his game. Of the top three receivers in the draft (Cooper, Kevin White, DeVante Parker), he is by far the best after the catch. While his speed was questioned, Cooper ran an impressive 4.42 at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also ranked in the top five for receivers in the 3 Cone Drill and his 3.98 second 20-YD Shuffle was the best of any receiver. Both numbers are almost identical to what Odell Beckham posted in the 2014 NFL Combine.
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