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Raiders Draft Pick 2015: In depth look at Amari Cooper and what he brings to the Raiders

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With the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select...Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama.

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Amari Cooper was the right pick for the Oakland Raiders. Either he or USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams was who they needed to pick and Reggie McKenzie followed through taking the Heisman Finalist. So now for a scouting report on Cooper and how he will affect the Raiders.


6'1", 210 lbs

Combine Results:

40-YD Dash: 4.42 (closer to a 4.35)

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 an incredible frame, but he is certainly not small weighing the same as Kevin White. Cooper wins with excellent technique and by 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. He also has the versatility to play both in the slot and on the boundary. Cooper has the highest floor of any receiver in the draft and is a very safe pick as he has virtually no weaknesses to his game.

What impresses me most about Cooper is that he can thrive in any system. 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 successful in the new system too.

RollTideRoll's Brent Taylor had high praise for Cooper stating, "He is an unnaturally smooth and fluid athlete and his all-out sprint looks almost effortless. His start and stop acceleration ability is unparalleled, as is his lateral agility. This leads to him being one of the top route-runners I have ever seen. Defensive backs absolutely cannot stay with him."

Another reason Cooper is such a safe pick is because he comes without injury or character concerns. "He has an extremely hard working, quiet, and humble personality, and is known around campus for being a player who lives in the weight room, and is always trying to improve," said Taylor

How will Cooper fit with the Raiders?

For the first time since Randy Moss, the Raiders have a number one receiver. Cooper will step into the Raiders organization as the team's best receiver right off the bat. Do not be surprised if he surpasses 1,000 yards receiving in his rookie season because he is just so polished. Unlike Kevin White who is primarily a boundary receiver, Cooper can play in both the slot and the boundary which is huge for the Raiders. He also is a dangerous threat giving offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave the opportunity to use Cooper like he used Percy Harvin in Minnesota.

The Raiders just knocked out their biggest need in the draft with the second overall player on my Big Board, and that is why I am giving Reggie McKenzie's first round pick an A+ for the second straight season.

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