2016 NFL DRAFT

Amari Cooper, WR

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 211 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
411

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.422.631.61- 3310'0"3.986.71
Workout Results
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Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Jacksonville Jaguars | #3
    Giving second-year quarterback Blake Bortles the most pro-ready receiver in the draft helps Jacksonville more than adding another pass rusher to a squad that already finished sixth in the NFL in sacks a season ago.
  • New York Giants | #9
    Back-to-back years at wide receiver? It's possible with Victor Cruz not yet 100 percent healthy. Cooper might be too good to pass up at this point for New York.
  • Chicago Bears | #7
    He is a polished receiver and they need help alongside Alshon Jeffrey. They have a new system and another weapon only helps Jay Cutler.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars | #3
    Passing over one of the high-end defensive players to grab the safest and most-polished wide receiver in this class, the Jaguars give Blake Bortles a consistent weapon to immediately improve the offense. They're all in on the quarterback and he needs help.
 

Strengths Weaknesses

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.

Makes the spectacular reception look easy with terrific hand-eye coordination and awareness to high-point passes. 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.

IN OUR VIEW: Box score statistics can often be misleading when evaluating players, but some prospects have both the resume and the skill-set that are equally as impressive to scouts. And Cooper would fall into that category.

He doesn't have the speed of Sammy Watkins or size of Mike Evans, two receivers drafted in the top 10 last year, but it's tough to find holes in Cooper's game. He has a natural feel for the position and is above average in two critical areas: getting open and catching the football.

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.

--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang (12/4/14)

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.

Cooper rebounded in a huge way in 2014, becoming the second player in SEC history to eclipse the 100-catch plateau in a season and is the only NCAA receiver with 100-plus receptions, 1,500-plus receiving yards and 14-plus receiving scores through Dec. 4.

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05/05/2015 - Raiders draft Cooper to fuel Carr...The pre-draft speculation was there was no way Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Jack Del Rio could possibly pass on USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams if he was available with the fourth pick in the first round. McKenzie and Del Rio are both former NFL linebackers, with a defensive mentality, and Williams would pair nicely with last year's top pick, strong side linebacker Khalil Mack, to give the Raiders a potentially dominating defense. Maybe it was the condition of Williams' shoulder, or more likely the general manager and coach were simply tired of looking at all the film of the Raiders flailing in the passing game. So the Raiders took Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper with the fourth pick and were ecstatic about it.

"Coop was high on our board from the start," McKenzie said. "It didn't matter about the position, it was about the player. We thought we had a chance to get a really good player and we were excited he was there." It makes it even better that he happens to come at a position where the Raiders have been sub-par for years. Veteran James Jones led the Raiders with 73 receptions but gained only 666 yards _ less than 10 yards per catch. Andre Holmes led the team in receiving yards with a paltry 693 on 47 receptions. - The Sports Xchange

 

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