Amari Cooper Scouting Report

3 of 4

Nov 29, 2014; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) catches a touchdown pass in the third quarter past Auburn Tigers defensive back Jonathon Mincy (6) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

What I see

The burst out of his breaks, the feet and the precision in his route running are all there for Cooper. And yes I can’t help but see his ability to run after the catch as he is both powerful and elusive. He does have everything you want in a No. 1 receiver but the problem is he came a year after Watkins.

They are so similar that the comparisons are going to be made and Watkins is a little better than Cooper. The personnel world calls him a poor-man’s Watkins since he isn’t quite as strong or fast. But you don’t have to be as strong as Watkins to be strong or as fast as the world-class sprinter to be fast and even though his hands aren’t as good as Watkins’, their good.

Myself included, we need to stop thinking about players that come before him and evaluate him. He checks all the boxes in the speed, strength and hands while he doesn’t take a back-seat in route running. If you look at him right after you look at Watkins, he probably won’t “wow’ you but if you just look at him, he will.

Next: Bottom Line