In today’s NFL, wide receivers are at a premium, and it’s important that every team has a receiver that their team’s quarterback can trust to make plays. In the 2014 NFL Draft, Sammy Watkins was drafted fourth overall because of his playmaking ability, and in 2015, it appears Amari Cooper could follow in the same footsteps as Watkins.
Cooper is one of the most prolific receivers to ever come out of Alabama, and that’s saying something considering the school’s rich tradition. He has every skill you look for in a No. 1 receiver, and there’s a chance he is an even better prospect than Watkins. As a matter of fact, an argument can be made that Cooper is the best receiving prospect since A.J. Green back in 2011.
Cooper’s skill set is amazing, and it shows on the film. He is an electric athlete, and his ability to blow past opposing defenders is special. Sure, he’s not overly big at 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, but he has the frame to add 10-15 pounds of muscle before he hits the NFL. Not to mention, Cooper’s route-running is exceptional, especially for a player as young as he is. Route-running tends to be a weakness in most young receivers, but in Cooper’s case, it’s a strength.
Overall, Cooper looks like he could be the NFL’s next great receiving prospect. He is everything you want in a No. 1 receiver, and then some. Cooper is going to do special things at the next level, and he is far and away the best player at his position in the 2015 draft.