Philadelphia Eagles: Riley Cooper Is Turning Heads

John MatheosContributor IIAugust 14, 2010

With every new season comes prosperity and hope. The front offices of most NFL organizations await to see what the draft has provided them.

With that said, the Philadelphia Eagles had the most draft picks going into the 2010 NFL draft. The Eagles chose Riley Cooper in the fifth round (159 overall). Cooper is 6-4, 222 pounds, and can confuse defenders with his elusive speed.

He's currently in competition for a backup wide out position in Philadelphia. Cooper knows it's gonna be tough to gain the respect of the coaches, but on the flip side he's caught a lot of attention from the media and fans' in Philly.

Last night Cooper shined like a star when the Philadelphia Eagles played against the Jacksonville Jaguars in pre-season action.

Cooper had three receptions for 61 yards and left a positive impression for coach Andy Reid. Cooper caught a deep pass in the game which galvanized Lincoln Financial Field. Fans were screaming and chanting Cooper's name.

In all likely hood, I sense that Cooper will get the nod as the Eagles fourth receiver. There's too much of an upside in his game. He has explosive speed and he's shown a lot of people what he can do, especially at the college level.

He had 961 yards receiving in 2009 as a Florida Gator. I know it's the college level and things do change when players enter the pros, but give this guy a chance and I'm sure he will leave a positive mark in Philly.

Besides, he's battling against Hank Baskett. Baskett's days in Philly are numbered and the team is looking for youth.