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Riley Cooper

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 222 | College: Florida
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Enjoying a breakout senior campaign as Tim Tebow's security blanket, Cooper is moving up draft boards due to his size, underrated speed and production in the big spotlight.

He was a second-team All-SEC selection in 2009 after leading the Gators with 961 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He finished his career in fine fashion, catching a career-high seven passes for 151 yards (also a career high) and a score against Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl.

Cooper entered the year having proven himself to be a big-play specialist, but little else -- having scored nine touchdowns on only 30 career receptions. After his strong 2009 campaign, however, he leaves Florida with 81 catches for 1,496 yards and 18 scores.

His Senior Bowl practices were somewhat uninspired, but the big, savvy, physical route-runner still projects nicely as a possession receiver well worth a mid-round selection.


Release: Good use of hands and lateral agility to gain a free release against man coverage. Isn't an explosive runner out of his stance, and relies more on his physicality, route-running and size advantage to get open against man coverage. Normal acceleration downfield, but is faster than he looks and can eat up the cushion.

Hands: Generally reliable receiver who typically looks the ball in and secures it before moving upfield. Allows too many passes into his chest, especially on comebacks. Typically extends and plucks the ball out of the air. Improved his concentration as a senior in catching passes in traffic. Doesn't back down from the physical challenge of jump-ball situations. Times his leaps well and has an obvious size advantage. Good body control to contort to the poorly thrown pass. Can snatch the ball out of the air and keep his feet in bounds to make the spectacular reception. Has improved his vision in tracking balls over his shoulder, but has inconsistent in this area over his career.

Route running: Deceptive straight-line speed to get over the top. Moderate burst out of his breaks to create separation. Good use of hands and body lean to create space.

After the catch: Deceptive speed to run away from defenders when he's hit in stride, but lacks the instant acceleration or agility to be a consistent threat to gain much yardage after the catch.

Blocking: Good size, strength and physicality to help his teammates as a downfield blocker. Improved as a blocker in 2009, but isn't as consistent as you'd like for a player of his size. Provides a good initial pop, but has to sustain better.

Intangibles: Two-sport athlete at Florida and was drafted in the 25th round of the 2009 MLB draft by the Texas Rangers. Reportedly signed a contract for $250,000, though he elected to play his senior season and wants to pursue a football career. Charged in February of 2009 with the misdemeanor of resisting an officer and failure to comply with police for not getting out of the way of a moving car upon police orders. The case was dismissed.

Career Notes

Appeared in 51 games with 27 starts … Finished his career at Florida with 81 receptions for 1,496 yards … Surpassed the 1,000-yard career mark in the win over Georgia in 2009 … Averaged over 18 yards per reception … Tallied 18 touchdowns over four years, including half of those in his senior season … Tallied four career 100+ receiving yard performances … Scored six touchdowns in three games during the 2007 season against Western Carolina (3), Western Kentucky (2) and Tennessee (1). 2009 AP Second-Team All-SEC … 2007 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll … 2006 SEC Freshman of the Week following his performance against Western Carolina.

2009 Season

Started every game for the Gators in 2009 … Ranked first among Gators in receiving yards (961) and second in receptions (51) … His 51 receptions in 2009 nearly doubled his totals for his three previous seasons put together … Had a team-leading nine touchdowns in 2009 … 25 of his 35 catches in 2009 occurred in SEC play while amassing 406 yards and five touchdowns … Averaged 18.8 yards per reception that ranked second in the SEC … Finished sixth in the conference in receiving yards per game (68.6) … Notched the fourth 100+ receiving yard performance of his career against Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl, tallying career bests with 181 yards and seven catches, including a career-long 80 yard TD reception … His performance against the Bearcats was the second-best receiving yardage effort in a Sugar Bowl game, becoming the first person to surpass 150+ receiving yards since LSU's Josh Reed (239) and Illinois' Walter Young (178) in the 2002 Sugar Bowl … Set a single-game Gator bowl receiving mark against the Bearcats … Tallied 77 yards on three receptions in the SEC Championship Game versus Alabama, highlighted by a 59-yard reception in the second quarter … Had three receptions for 62 yards against FSU, including a 39-yard touchdown pass from Tebow in the duo's final game in The Swamp … Caught his seventh touchdown of the season, 16th of his career, in the third quarter against FIU and had 48 yards on three catches in the home victory … Surpassed the 100-yard plateau for the second time this season with 112 yards on three catches and one TD, all coming in the first half versus South Carolina.

His 68-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against the Gamecocks matched a previously set career-long … Led the squad in receiving against Georgia with four catches for 78 yards … Two of his four receptions were touchdowns that occurred in the first quarter … The victory marked his first game in 2009 with multiple TD receptions and the first time in his career that he had two in a league game … Had the most receiving yards in the Gators' win over Mississippi State with 63 yards on four catches … Tallied a career-high six receptions for 58 yards, highlighted by a 12-yard catch to convert a third-and-10 on the Gators' final drive, in the victory over Arkansas … Scored the only touchdown of the game for Florida off a 24-yard pass by Tim Tebow in the second quarter versus LSU … Tallied 33 yards on two receptions in the 13-3 win in Baton Rouge … Snagged his second receiving touchdown of the season in the win over Kentucky, grabbing two passes for 30 yards against the Wildcats … Led the Gators in the win over Troy after matching his career-high five receptions from his previous game for 82 yards … His first touchdown of the 2009 season came on a 36-yard pass from Tebow to give the Gators a 14-3 lead over the Trojans in the first half … Set a then career-high with five receptions for 105 yards, including a then career-long 68-yard reception from Tebow in the first quarter against Charleston Southern.

2008 Season

Appeared in every game for the Gators, starting all but two (Hawaii and Florida State) … Ranked fifth on the team in receiving yards with 261 and receptions with 18 … Totaled 28 yards on two receptions in the BCS National Championship Game, including a crucial 17-yard catch on 3rd-and-12 … Hauled in a key touchdown, along with a season-high 51-yard reception, that put UF in scoring position at the SEC Championship Game versus Alabama … Scored his first touchdown of the season on an 11-yard reception, his only catch of the game, at Vanderbilt … Appeared as a member of the hands' team for a failed on-side kick attempt in the victory over LSU … Made a critical block on Jeff Demps' 61-yard touchdown reception in the win against Kentucky.

2007 Season

Appeared in 10 games during the year with two starts in home contests against Tennessee and Auburn … Missed games against Georgia and Vanderbilt as a result of a broken finger suffered in the first quarter at Kentucky … Also saw action during the season on the kickoff coverage unit … Dressed but did not see action in the Capital One Bowl against Michigan … Had 182 yards receiving on just eight catches, an average of 22.8 yards per reception leading the Gators in yards per catch … Scored a touchdown on his only touch against Tennessee, a 30-yard reception … Also made a critical play on special teams, catching the Vols' LaMarcus Coker down the sideline to prevent a touchdown on a 74-yard return … Reeled in one reception for nine yards against Auburn … Hauled in a career-high and team best four catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns including a career-long 59-yard grab in his 2007 debut against Western Kentucky … 2007 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll … 2006 SEC Freshman of the Week following his performance against Western Carolina.

2006 Season

Served as the gunner on special teams and played in 13 of the 14 games for the Gators … Established a career high with three receptions all touchdowns in the romp over Western Carolina … Was the first Gator freshman wide receiver to have three TD catches

High School

First-team all-state at wide receiver and free safety his junior and senior seasons … Holds Florida state records for punt and kickoff return yards … Considered the sixth-best athlete in the country according to Rivals.com … Three-time all-county selection … Had


Born Riley Thomas Cooper on Sept. 9, 1987, in Oklahoma City, Okla … .Son of Larry and Monica Cooper … Father, Larry, played baseball at Oklahoma State … Has a sister, Lindsey … Was selected in the 2006 MLB draft, but chose to attend college instead … Enjoys fishing and hunting in his free time … Chose Florida because of its solid football and baseball programs.

Latest News
04/25/2010 - A closer look at the Eagles' draft picks: Round 5/159 -- Riley Cooper, WR, 6-4, 222, Florida: Cooper is an intriguing size-speed receiver who should compete for a backup WR spot. The only wideout the Eagles have on their roster anywhere near as big as Cooper is Hank Baskett, and Cooper is much faster than Baskett.

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