Overview: Amari Cooper is currently a junior from the University of Alabama. Cooper is also one of the three players in the running for the Heisman trophy, behind Marcus Mariota and Melvin Gordon. Currently this season, Cooper has record numbers with 115 catches for 1,656 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. His outstanding numbers has helped him win “SEC offensive player of the year”.
Strengths: An explosive and clutch wide receiver who can be counted on to make plays. A great red zone threat. Versatile can play inside and outside the slot. Great hands. Has great deceiving speed and uses it to his advantage to separate himself from defenders. Great open field vision and a good route runner.
Weaknesses: Lack of ideal size. Not the best blocker. Sometimes drops catchable balls thrown towards his direction, at times uses his body to catch balls.
My NFL Comparison: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Why Nelson? Because like Nelson, Cooper is also dependable, a great route runner, and clutch when it comes to making big plays. When quarterback Blake Sims connects with Amari Cooper he is completing approximately 71% of his passes.
Projected Round (2015): A top 10 pick.
Bottom Line: Although Cooper lacks the ideal speed and size, Cooper has great potential to be a #1 wide receiver going into the NFL. He has proved he has the physical tools and traits to take his talent to the next level. Perfect for a team that needs more weapons on offense and can use a physical and versatile possession type wide receiver to add to their offense.