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2015 NFL DRAFT

Amari Cooper, WR

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Miami, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 210 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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511

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.

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: Although he isn't the biggest or fastest, Cooper is blue-chip NFL prospect as the total package at the receiver position. He has tremendous body control and hand-eye coordination to make tough grabs look easy and shows off the burst and power to finish with the ball in his hands.

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 (11/18/14)

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, ranking second in the FBS in receiving yards per game (135.0) and catches per game (8.8) and led the nation with 23 plays of at least 20+ yards through Nov. 13.

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11/11/2014 - Alabama quarterback Blake Sims figured out LSU's swarming defense just in time for the Crimson Tide to deal the Tigers yet another devastating loss in raucous Death Valley. Sims drove Alabama 55 yards in the final 50 seconds of regulation for a tying field goal, and threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to DeAndrew White in overtime to lift No. 4 Alabama to a 20-13 victory over No. 14 LSU on Saturday night. "He didn't have one of his better games. It was tough," Alabama coach Nick Saban said about Sims, who finished 20 of 45 for 209 yards and two TDs without an interception. "He hung in there. He made some great plays when he had to. ... I'm really, really proud of way he hung in there."

With the victory and Auburn's upset loss to Texas A&M earlier in the day, Alabama (8-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 5 CFP) is alone in second place in the SEC West Division with a game against first-place Mississippi State still on its schedule. Amari Cooper had eight catches for 83 yards and a 23-yard touchdown while setting Alabama career and single-season records for yards receiving, as well as the school's single-season mark for catches with 79. T.J. Yeldon's fumble deep in Alabama territory gave LSU (7-3, 3-3, No. 16 CFP) the ball on the Alabama 6 with the score tied at 10 and 1:13 left, but the Tigers' chances at a go-ahead touchdown diminished when offensive guard Vadal Alexander was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, moving the ball back to the 21. - AP Sports

 

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