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Our next prospect preview will feature a wide receiver that is widely considered the best receiver coming into the draft. That would be the University of Alabama’s Amari Cooper.

At the end of his three year career at Alabama, Cooper put himself among Alabama’s finest wide receivers in its history. Cooper had 228 receptions for 3,463 yards and 31 touchdowns. That includes the 128 receptions and 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns in his final season as a member of the Crimson Tide.

While Cooper is not the biggest guy at 6’1 and 210 lbs., his versatility is what makes him interesting to NFL teams. Lane Kiffin used him as a Percy Harvin-like guy, putting him in the slot, backfield and on the outside.

Cooper’s ability to get behind the secondary and catch the deep ball is what sets him apart. Former Browns GM and Senior Bowl director, Phil Savage, described Amari Cooper as” super athletic, very fluid and highly skilled as a route runner and hands catcher.”

While Cooper only clocked a ‘4.42’ 40 time at the combine, he is just fast enough to get behind the secondary. Cooper is compared to former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison a lot, with his stout ability to run routes to perfection, and his super glue hands.

Cooper runs his routes to a T, but he needs to work on finishing his routes. On some occasions, he would change or stop his route, leaving his quarter back susceptible to interception.

Overall, Amari Cooper is a top ten prospect coming into the draft. While it is likely that he is a top five, top ten pick, don’t be surprised if the Browns take him at pick 12 if he is available. Cooper’s versatility, combined with great route running and hands, makes him a potent deep ball receiver, and a great fit for the Cleveland Browns.

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