Raiders receiver Amari Cooper thought he’d get an 86 overall player rating on this year’s version of the popular Madden franchise of NFL video games. That’s out of 100, and pretty darn high.
His estimate was in the ballpark of several high draft picks interviewed by EA Sports to promote "Madden 16."
Cooper’s actual rating is an 82, the highest in the 2015 rookie class. Quarterback Jameis Winston was second at 81 and running back Todd Gurley, defensive lineman Leonard Williams and offensive lineman Brandon Scherff were equal-third at 80.
Cooper’s reaction to the score was calm and confident as ever.
“That’ll go up,” Cooper said with a smile.
Video game rankings don’t mean much in the grand scheme and won’t help him succeed on Sundays, but it shows the respect given to the Alabama product, and the high expectations already placed on him.
Cooper, expected to be the Raiders’ top wideout this season, has drawn rave reviews from the Raiders and outsiders alike. He can continue validating those opinions when training camp begins next week.