Amari Cooper is still widely considered the top WR in this year’s draft despite an outstanding showing at the combine by Kevin White and Dorial Green-Beckham. In 2014, Cooper proved he can be the man and can get the job done even when defenses know he’s the best player in the offense. He was the best receiver in the country this past season and may be a top five pick in the NFL Draft. Cooper outperformed former Alabama WR Julio Jones, which shocked many experts who had their doubts after a subpar 2013 season. He has rare fluidity and has answered most questions scouts had about his game. However, not every question has been answered. He’s still perceived to have a few flaws and weaknesses in his game.

Let’s break down the strengths and weaknesses that NFL GM’s will be looking at in this year’s NFL Draft:

Name: Amari Cooper
Position: WR
College: Alabama
Year: Junior
Height: 6’1
Weight: 211
40-yard dash: 4.42
Projected Round in NFL Draft: Top 10

2012 Statistics
Receiving: REC:59 YDS:1000 AVG:16.9 LNG:54 TD:11

2013 Statistics
Receiving: REC:45 YDS:736 AVG:16.4 LNG:99 TD:4

2014 Statistics
Receiving: REC:124 YDS:1727 AVG:13.9 LNG:80 TD:16


– Solid all-around game
– Great quickness
– Excellent acceleration
– Superior balance
– Creates separation
– Diverse route tree
– Makes circus catches with ease
– Strong against both man and zone coverages
– Able to get off the line in press coverage
– Smooth route runner
– Rare hand-eye coordination
– Superb awareness
– High-points the ball
– Competitive blocker


– Has some issues with drops
– Lacks blazing speed
– Will freelance on his routes occasionally


In my opinion, Cooper deserves to be the first receiver drafted in this year’s draft. I have him projected to the Raiders with the fourth-overall pick. Cooper’s smooth route running and big play ability makes his a safe bet to be an excellent NFL WR. Even if he does not turn out to be a superstar, his excellent all-around game will make him a solid starter for years to come. He’s certainly not a boom-or-bust candidate. However, we have him projected to be a star.

Draft Range: Early First

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About The Author Mark Morales-Smith

Long time fantasy football and basketball player. Favorite sports teams include Dolphins, Hurricane Football, Cavs, Bearcats Bball, Devils, Braves.