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Hogs Haven College Profiles: Amari Cooper, WR

Hogs Haven takes a look at top college prospects

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Amari Cooper

Wide Receiver

Height: 6' 1", Weight: 210 lbs


Strengths: Amari Cooper has already been the primary receiver for some top quarterbacks. At Miami Northwestern High School, he was top target for Teddy Bridgewater. His first two years at Alabama saw him catching passes from A.J. McCarron and winning a BCS National Championship with 105 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has been compared to current Atlanta Falcon (and Alabama alum) Julio Jones, as well as receivers like Roddy White and Larry Fitzgerald. Like Julio, Cooper has a way to make the first tackler miss. He has a knack for making big catches at crucial times. He's fast. This spring, he was clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.31 seconds. In the season opener against the West Virginia Mountaineers, Cooper caught 12 passes for 130 yards.

Weaknesses: Cooper is talented, but he's not perfect. His routes are not always precise. While he will step up when needed, he will also occasionally drop perfectly catchable passes. He has also been injured much of his sophomore season. He has two quarterbacks this year, neither of which has much starting experience. Cooper will have to sharpen his routes and catch everything that comes near him if he wants Alabama to make it to the first year of college playoffs.

Bottom Line: Cooper is the primary target for Alabama's passing game. But he needs to be a leader by example this year with less experienced quarterbacks.

Take a look at Amari Cooper's highlights.