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2015 NFL DRAFT

Amari Cooper, WR

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 202 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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1421

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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STRENGTHS: Excellent quickness and balance to get a clean release against press coverage and to make defenders miss in space. Accelerates in a flash, generating the burst to gain separation from top cornerbacks. Make the spectacular reception look easy and is a competitive blocker.

WEAKNESSES: Will freelance on his routes a bit and simply drops too many footballs. Cooper dropped at least one catchable pass in each of the three 2013 games I viewed (Virginia Tech, Auburn, Oklahoma), including a potential go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter in the Iron Bowl. In all fairness to Cooper, he demonstrated his game-breaking ability against Auburn moments later with a record 99-yard score to give Alabama a 28-21 fourth quarter lead.

COMPARES TO: Marqise Lee, Jaguars -- There are plenty of similarities to another former No. 9, Marqise Lee, however -- and not all of them complementary to either of the 2012 All-Americans.

Cooper is noticeably thicker in his chest and thighs than Lee (6-foot, 192 pounds), which may make him more likely to remain durable. He'll need to be to earn the first-round pick that Julio Jones and Roddy White received. With the only quarterback Cooper has ever known at Alabama now playing for the Cincinnati Bengals, Cooper could discover (as Lee did last year) maintaining stardom is more difficult without an experienced passer.

--Rob Rang (8/11/14)

Player Overview

By breaking Julio Jones' freshman records for catches (59) and receiving yards (1,000) and Alabama's all-time record for touchdown receptions in a single season (11), Cooper exploded onto the scene in 2012.

His production tailed off as a sophomore as nagging injuries limited his availability. Despite playing in 12 games, Cooper only started seven of them and he caught "just" 45 passes for 736 yards (which led the team) and four touchdowns.

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08/13/2014 - Alabama's top NFL Draft-eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 2. WR Amari Cooper, Junior...By breaking Julio Jones' freshman records for catches (59) and receiving yards (1,000) and Alabama's all-time record for touchdown receptions in a single season (11), Cooper exploded onto the scene in 2012. His production tailed off as a sophomore as nagging injuries limited his availability. Despite playing in 12 games, Cooper only started seven of them and he caught "just" 45 passes for 736 yards (which led the team) and four touchdowns. Since his breakout freshman campaign, Cooper has been compared to everyone from Jones to Roddy White. There are plenty of similarities to another former No. 9, Marqise Lee, however -- and not all of them complimentary to either of the 2012 All-Americans.

Like Lee, Cooper has excellent quickness and balance to get a clean release against press coverage and to make defenders miss in space. Each accelerates in a flash, generating the burst to gain separation from top cornerbacks. Both can make the spectacular reception look easy and are competitive blockers. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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