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2015 NFL Scouting Report: Amari Cooper

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][Editor’s note: This is another installment in a series we will be running at Vikings Territory providing scouting reports for players the Vikings could potentially target in the 2015 Draft. All scouting reports are provided in partnership with Luke Inman and eDraft.com. You can find all of our previous scouting reports here. Continue reading below to learn more about Amari Cooper who was the heavy favorite to be the first wide receiver drafted until the recent rise of Kevin White.]

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Amari Cooper

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Wide Receiver / Alabama

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 Fred Biletnikoff Award Winner (Best Receiver in the Nation)

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Weight: 211 lbs.

Hand Size: 10″

Arm Length: 31-1/2″[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]40 Yard Dash: 4.42 seconds

Vertical Jump: 33 inches

Bench Press: N/A

Broad Jump: 120 inches[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]3 Cone Drill: 6.71 seconds

20 Yard Shuttle: 3.98 seconds

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The above spider graph, courtesy of Mockdraftable.com, shows what percentile this player is against other players at the same position. Clicking the “Measurements & Comparisons” tab on the bottom of the graphic will show additional Measurements information along with player comparisons from the Mockdraftable.com database based strictly off historic measurable data.

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Pros:

  • Freaky shiftiness off the line of scrimmage giving him a clean release off man and press coverage
  • An acceleration and quickness that seems unfair and causes defenders to take poor angles
  • Explodes in-and-out of his cuts with precise route running and special speed
  • Gets from first to second to third gear in a flash and makes safeties vulnerable and unconfident
  • Great football IQ that he doesn’t get enough credit for
  • Shows the football savviness that is needed from a starting receiver in the NFL including an understanding of how to help his quarterback in his routes
  • Incredible acceleration, speed, and shiftiness in the open field with the ball in his hands after the catch
  • A more than willing blocker in the run game
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Cons:

  • Great hands but drops at least one ball a game due to concentration issues
  • Not great at attacking the ball in jump ball situations meaning he won’t thrive in red zone
  • Average at best timing the ball at its highest point
  • At his best in the slot with a free release meaning teams may need to use him in the slot more than expected
  • Great off the line of scrimmage but his size indicates he may not be a prototypical number one receiver in the NFL
  • Uses athleticism to get himself open, but needs to work on using his body to shield defenders away from the ball when caught it tight coverage
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NFL Player Comparison:

Reggie Wayne / Torry Holt

College Scheme / Projected Scheme:

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Fit with the Vikings:

I watched a lot of Amari Cooper film and, boy, do I love his game and how he’s going to translate to the NFL. Quick and savvy off the line of scrimmage, Cooper gets a good release into his route, runs great patterns and has reliable hands – all things that equate to a smooth transition at the next level. However, something that just can’t be put into words is his acceleration and football speed with pads on. Cooper is just so good in-and-out of his cuts with a circus-like burst out of a canon that he always seems to get himself open. But plenty of receivers have speed and hands, so what separates Cooper from his peers? For me, its his football IQ and understanding of the game. Recognizing a blitz on third and short, Cooper will cut his route short and find the soft spot in the zone, offering up a trustworthy target when his quarterback needs him most. It’s the little things like this that have me convinced Cooper is not just the safest receiver in this class, but a blue-chip prospect that doesn’t come around often.

Knowing all of that, the Vikings would be foolish to pass on a prospect like that at pick 11, especially when it’s at a position of need. But, where would Cooper fit in the Vikings depth chart amongst what seems to be a crowded group of wide-outs? As a “smaller” wide-out that is solid from the outside but really excels from the slot, Cooper seems to match the role Greg Jennings already owns. Remember, what this offense needs most in Norv Turner’s system is a receiver that can consistently stretch the field vertically and win one-on-one matchups down the field. Unfortunately, that is not Cooper’s game. As tough as it is to say, Cooper doesn’t complement the Vikings’ needs from the wide-out position, but instead, duplicates a bit of both Greg Jennings’ and Charles Johnson’s strengths and style. And while Cooper may grade out as a better talent or as a pure prospect, a player like Kevin White or, my personal favorite, Devante Parker, fits the Vikings’ needs better.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1425269574902{margin-bottom: 32px !important;padding-top: 15px !important;padding-right: 15px !important;padding-bottom: 15px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;background-color: #582d83 !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css_animation=”appear”]

Draft Grade:

Top-12 (#6 Overall Ceiling)

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Check out the below Draft Profile Breakdown of Amari Cooper courtesy of eDraft.com.
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  1. You see Cooper in a Greg Jennings role? That’s the first I’ve heard of that(and I did read 4 other reviews of him to make sure I wasn’t completely off base).

    I picture him as a Marvin Harrison(or even Anquan Boldin), not a superb specimen but above average and will excel by doing the little things right. Some reviews said he’d be primarily a deep threat which I disagree with but I think he can be a number 1 wide out not slot but. I think his skill set compliments Patterson and with Jennings or Wright in the slot would be a formidable receiving Corps.
    LWR: Cooper
    SLOT: Jennings / Wright
    RWR: Patterson

    1. What about Johnson? Where do you see him fitting in? According to Turner he’s our best wide receiver.

      1. I like Johnson he’s a great athlete and really coming into his own. I see him competing with Patterson and Cooper for an outside position and could be in a rotation.

        Johnson like Patterson is a gifted athlete who still needs to develop more as a WR. Amari Cooper compliments them perfectly as a developed wr who lacks the deal athleticism they both have. I think if we got Cooper we could see more empty backfields and 4 WR sets next season.

        Top to bottom I can’t think of a more potent group of pass catchers in the NFL than:
        Rudolph, Cooper, Patterson, Jennings(or wright), and Charles Johnson. Speed, size, skill, strength everywhere.

  2. Couldn’t disagree more. I believe he will be a successful #1 WR for a long time. Pre combine many people questioned his athleticism because for the most part he was always wide open and never had to show the downfield speed. He should have silenced all critics. His combine was eerily similar to Sammy Watkins and Odell Beckham and I think he is a better route rubber than either of them. And he may not be your prototypical deep threat but the way he beats coverage he can still get behind the defense as he has in the past.

    I’m a strong supporter of going defense whether it be LB, S or CB in maybe two of the first three rounds and WR is not as high of a need that most people think, but if Cooper falls to 11 he would be an extreme value because he is the third best prospect in this gym.

  3. Actually…

    The Vikings are going to pursue Randall Cobb, so we’ll see how that goes before mocking them with one of the big three draft eligible WR’s. Fair enough?

    There’s a reason why the Vikes didn’t cut or restructure Jennings as there was a reason for signing Bostick: those guys (as well as the new INDOOR stadium) are going to be used to try to lure Cobb here. Spielman loves sticking it to the Packers!

    You heard it here first.

  4. Cooper, is the safer bet ! And White is on the rise, due to the combine Performance, but to really think about it ! Go back to the tapes & films .. Cooper for last 3 year’s has been consistent & productivity .. And White only had 1 year..! That brings Devante Parker, The Unsung Hero, into the discussion..! Before his injury …He was on the rise of being the best WR in college football and he was consistent & productivity until his injury….So i’m going with my first gun again when i started with Parker , due to his timing and chemistry with Bridgewater… should come quickly in the NFL..! And make a lot of sense… In Norv Turner’s system …Teddy Bridgewater to Devante Parker- Touchdown !!!!!!!!! The only thing about Cooper is he can not win jump-ball, like White & Parker and size . So Devante Parker, fits the Vikings’ needs better !!! I will say this again……..The timing and chemistry between Parker and Bridgewater !!! Remember Rick Spielman draft 2 player’s from the same college in Arkansas WR Jarius Wright , Arkansas WR Greg Childs ,Notre Dame S Harrison Smith and Notre Dame CB Robert Blanton, who now play ss. What was the reason ? Maybe to see if they have chemistry..!

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