Amari Cooper Scouting Report

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Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) runs the ball during the first quarter of the 2015 Sugar Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Book on Cooper

The personnel world has a very mixed bag on what kind of receiver prospect Cooper actually is. But one thing that’s universal is his quickness, excellent feet, and acceleration out of his breaks as a route runner. They love his ability and willingness to fight for a 50/50 ball like it belongs to him and him only too.

Another thing they love is that he can make plays running after the catch with his moves and strength. He is also a willing and able blocker as he has had some Hines Ward type of blocks in college. Reading this, you’d think there’s no problem because everything there is that you need from a No. 1 receiver.

 But not so fast because a scout told Chase Goodbread from, “He’s an easy route runner, not a lot of wasted movement, solid hands good speed, but I wouldn’t say he’s elite. He does a lot of things really well. He just doesn’t do anything with a ‘wow’ factor like [Sammy] Watkins [Mike] Evans or [Odell] Beckham.” and while he wasn’t alone in that, they don’t like the drops either.

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