Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing series in which we will highlight a collection of prospects in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft, beginning April 30.
Alabama, Wide Receiver
Height: 6' 7/8"
Weight: 211 pounds
Arms: 31 1/2"
Wing Span: 76 1/4"
Bench Press Reps: N/A (No lift -- left shoulder)
Vertical Jump: 33"
Broad Jump: 10'
Positives: Physique, talent and overall polish make him a Day 1 starter with a game-breaking element. Explosive coming out of his breaks. Always a step ahead of the cornerback manning him, by way of selling routes. Uncanny hand-eye coordination that rarely fails. Leaves his feet and powers through coverage to secure the ball at the catch point. Dangerous on deep routes, but can also turn a short play upfield with his relentless yards-after-catch ability.
Negatives: Not exceptionally fast running straight, but does not struggle to shake free and create a safe catch zone. Cooper will have to rely more on technique than other receivers to consistently win battles as a pro. Run blocking can improve.
Raiders Insider Scott Bair's Take: Cooper could be Derek Carr’s best friend. He’s an excellent route runner with solid hands and a track record of success. He’s a legitimate prospect at No. 4 overall.
49ers Insider Matt Maiocco's Take: Although Kevin White might be selected ahead of him, there appears to be little chance Cooper falls to No. 15 for the 49ers. The price of going to get him would probably be too steep.
NFL comparison: Dez Bryant (Cowboys WR)
Stats courtesy NFL media services
Positives/negatives courtesy NFL.com