Data Scout Notes: 2014: 1stC/HeismanTrophyFinalist...PWCamp/PMaxwell/PBiletnikoff/P1stM/DS#2PSTeamProspect-RRang...2013: NAC/NAM...P1stC/P1stM/PWCamp/PBiletnikoff/PMaxwell...2012: ARTC
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02/21/15 - Alabama's Amari Cooper blazed a 4.42 and 4.43 40-yard dash Saturday morning, running slightly faster than most projected. He's a glider on the football field with easy acceleration to eat up grass so speed was never a question for him. But a 40-yard dash time that is better than Sammy Watkins from a year ago is certainly impressive and likely solidifies Cooper as a top-10 projection. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/17/15 - 2015 DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 4/1. *Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama, 6-1, 210, 4.52, 1...Not as big or fast as some prospects, Cooper is consistently productive because he is just too clever to cover, best evidenced by a startling ability to separate himself from frustrated, would-be defenders. His formula for disappearing from defensive backs includes rare balance, intuition and precise cuts punctuated by an explosive, see-you later move.
His dazzling talent became nationally-known after his 2011 high school season in the Under Amour All-America game when he scored on a 75-yard touchdown catch and a 93-yard punt return. In 2012, his 59 catches for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns erased Julio Jones' freshman records. In 2013 he was slowed by injuries and defenses keyed to stop him. But last season a healthy Cooper set school and SEC records with 124 receptions and placed No. 2 in SEC history with 1,727 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns. While statistics aren't always an accurate gauge, in Cooper's case they are. Some scouts liken his play to Marvin Harrison, the prolific former Indianapolis Colts receiver and two time finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
01/09/15 - Three Alabama Juniors Declare for 2015 NFL Draft...Juniors Landon Collins, Amari Cooper and T.J. Yeldon announced they will be forgoing their senior season to enter the 2015 NFL Draft in a press conference in the Naylor-Stone Media Room on Friday. Alabama has had 18 players leave early under head coach Nick Saban, 12 of which were first-round draft picks. The 2015 NFL Draft will take place April 30-May 2 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. Cooper, from Miami, Fla., set Alabama and SEC records with 124 receptions while finishing second in SEC history with 1,727 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. Collins, a native of New Orleans, led the team with 103 tackles and three interceptions in 2014 with 4.5 tackles for loss and seven pass breakups. Yeldon, from Daphne, Ala., finished his Crimson Tide career with 3,322 rushing yards (fourth in school history) and 37 rushing touchdowns (third at Alabama). - Alabama football
12/09/14 - 2014 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: Cooper helped Alabama earn the top seed in the playoffs. The Crimson Tide plays Ohio State at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1. He leads the nation with 115 receptions, which is a Southeastern Conference single-season record, for 1,656 yards and 14 touchdowns. "It is a tremendous honor to be selected as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy," Cooper told the Decatur (Alabama) Daily. "This will be my first trip to New York City, and I can't put into words how much it means to me and my family. I am privileged to have the opportunity to represent our team at the Heisman ceremony." - The Sports Xchange
11/11/14 - Amari Cooper has broken Alabama's school record for career yards receiving with a 23-yard touchdown catch at LSU. Cooper also set the Crimson Tide's single-season marks for receptions and yards receiving Saturday night, Cooper's touchdown catch in the second quarter gave him 2,940 yards receiving, eclipsing the mark of 2,923 set by D.J. Hall in 2007. Cooper's total was on 180 receptions, 14 fewer than Hall. With a 9-yard catch late in the first quarter, Cooper also broke Julio Jones' 2010 single-season mark of 1,133 yards. In the fourth quarter, Cooper's eighth catch of the game broke Jones' Alabama single-season receptions record of 78, also set in 2010. - AP Sports