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A healthy Cooper is a scary thought for defensive backs.
Career Stats: 104 receptions, 1,736 yards, 15 touchdowns
There’s no telling just how dominant of a season Amari Cooper would have had in 2013 if it wasn’t for an injury. Still, the Miami, Florida, native finished the year with 45 receptions, 736 yards and four touchdowns.
But for a look at just how talented Cooper is, you only need to take a look at his freshman campaign. Not only did he break the school record for receiving touchdowns (11) but Cooper also smashed Julio Jones’ freshman records for receptions (59) and receiving yards (1,000).
Add to that, ESPN NFL draft expert and ESPN Insider Mel Kiper seems to be fond of the receiver, ranking him No. 6 in his 2015 draft big board, stating (subscription required):
Cooper is neither a pure burner or an impossible matchup threat given his size, but there's nothing he doesn't do well. He separates with ease and also has a good sense of how to find space against a zone. Where he really stands out is his ability to make contested catches. He'll get plenty of attention, but I still expect him to be extremely productive.
A candidate for the Bilenikoff Award, Cooper is the perfect target for the Tide’s new quarterback this season.
All stats, recruiting information and rankings used in this article are courtesy of CFBStats.com and 247Sports.
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