2015 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.
511

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

  • St. Louis Rams | #10
    At the Combine, coach Jeff Fisher sounded all-in with injury-prone veteran quarterback Sam Bradford to compete in the ultra-competitive NFC West, but improvements must be made to the offense. Cooper would be an absolute steal at this point in the draft. He ranks as one of the easier projections to the NFL due to his sharp route-running, soft hands and terrific acceleration.
  • Oakland Raiders | #4
    Last year's second-round pick Derek Carr has done more than enough as a rookie to earn another year as the Raiders' starter, but he needs help, especially at receiver. Cooper doesn't have the size or speed of pass-catchers usually found in the top five, but he knows how to do the two most important things at the position: get open and finish catches.
  • No Analysis Available
  • New York Jets | #6
    Kevin White stole the show at the combine with his size and speed but Cooper has been productive for four years. He reminds me of Reggie Wayne with his smooth route-running skills and hands. His career production is second to none in this draft.
 

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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Player News
02/21/2015 - Alabama's Amari Cooper blazed a 4.42 and 4.43 40-yard dash Saturday morning, running slightly faster than most projected. He's a glider on the football field with easy acceleration to eat up grass so speed was never a question for him. But a 40-yard dash time that is better than Sammy Watkins from a year ago is certainly impressive and likely solidifies Cooper as a top-10 projection. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
 

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