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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03/23/15 - Video created the confusion, a simulcam that showed Amari Cooper and Kevin White running their 40-yard dashes from the NFL Scouting Combine at the same time. While Alabama's Cooper and West Virginia's White were neck and neck throughout the run, White's time (4.35) was significantly faster than the one released for Cooper (4.42). A report Sunday cleared up the confusion. NFL teams were informed that the time released for Cooper was incorrect and that the former Alabama wide receiver's actual time was between 4.35 and 4.38 seconds, according to Yahoo!. "I feel like on the video, my top end speed, you saw I was catching [White]," Cooper said at Alabama's Pro Day earlier this month. "So I felt like if we would have run 60 yards, I think my top end speed was a little greater." - Matt Zenitz, AL.com
03/11/15 - Amari Cooper's one-on-one battle leading up to the NFL draft isn't with an opposing cornerback. Cooper went through Alabama's pro day on Wednesday hoping to put one more check mark in his favor in a race with West Virginia's Kevin White to be the first wide receiver chosen in the NFL draft. "When you do something, you want to be the best," Cooper said. "I want to be the first receiver taken, but at the same time if I'm not it won't affect the way I go in and play." Whoever emerges at the front of the draft's two top-rated receivers could be picked at least as high as No. 4 by the Oakland Raiders. They dueled at the NFL combine, with White getting the edge in running the 40 (4.35 seconds to 4.42). Cooper ran routes for Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims at pro day, not the 40.
He and safety Landon Collins are both projected as first-round picks and both said their first team visit is with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have the No. 3 pick. They were among the Alabama players working out before representatives from every NFL team, including New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese. Cooper's college credentials include a runner-up finish in the Heisman Trophy balloting and breaking most of Julio Jones' school receiving records. The big lingering receiver debate seems to be, Cooper vs. White for No. 1. "What are we talking about? We're talking about a hair's difference," NFL Network analyst Charles Davis said. "At this point, I have Kevin White rated ahead of Amari Cooper. I stand by what I said. I'm not going to change that at this point. You continue to watch tape. You continue to do evaluations. "Amari Cooper makes a great case for being the first receiver taken." - AP Sports
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