2016 NFL Draft: Prospects to watch during tonight’s college football games

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Nov 22, 2014; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (11) makes a long reception against the South Alabama Jaguars in the second half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Player: Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina

Position: Wide Receiver

Game Info: South Carolina vs. North Carolina, Thursday September 3rd at 6:00pm on ESPN

Pharoh Cooper is an athlete trying to learn the wide receiver position. South Carolina has been creative in finding ways to get the ball in Cooper’s hands including having him play quarterback on read-option plays. Cooper needs to show more wide-receiver relevant skills in order to gain steam as a prospect.

The first thing he needs to work on is consistently catching the football away from his body. Too often, Cooper allows the ball into his chest which results in drops and limits yard after catch potential. This is part of the development process where Cooper needs to show that he’s a natural pass catcher.

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Cooper’s route-running also needs a lot of work. He tends to round off his routes and also struggles locating the open zones in the defense. Improvement in this area comes with experience and learning to read defenses.

Overall, this is a prospect who has potential thanks to his athleticism but needs time to learn the wide receiver position. He’s in the 6th or 7th round range at this point in his career.

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