Tim Brown ranks high among the greatest Raiders receivers of all time. He’ll be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month thanks to consistent dominance in silver and black.
There haven’t been many dominant receivers since Brown left the Raiders in 2003. Only Randy Moss has exceeded 1,000 receiving yards since then, and that was back in 2005.
Brown sees someone on this year’s roster who can snap that streak. First-round draft pick Amari Cooper caught Brown’s eye at Alabama. He hoped Cooper would be available to the Raiders at No. 4 overall, and was thrilled he fell to them.
“This guy is just a superb, great receiver and I think he’s going to be dominant Day 1,” Brown said in a national conference call. “I saw him at the Heisman deal (Cooper was a finalist for the award) and I told him then that I hope he’s still there when the Raiders pick, because there was no way they could bypass him. I just thought that he was that great of a not-miss-type pick. I can’t wait to see him Day 1. I think this guy is going to be great.”
Cooper has been praised by quarterback Derek Carr, the organization and pundits in the national media. Cooper is expected to be the team’s top receiver next season, and showed real promise during the offseason program.
Cooper reports to Raiders training camp on July 26 with other rookies, quarterbacks and previously injured vets. The full squad reports on July 30 and practices for the first time the following day.