Position: Wide Receiver
Projected 40-Time: 4.50
Star Rating: Grade: 75
Draft Projection: 3rd - 4th Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of February 1st) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Cooper is a tall, athletic receiver who’s been a reliable contributor at the collegiate level. He has great size, quickness and good ball skills. He gets a clean release off the line, shows toughness and works the middle of the field well. He has the ability to get down field, locate the ball in the air and use his leaping ability and body control to come down with the reception. He’s an intelligent player who also contributes down field as a blocker. He’s a solid special teams player.
Weaknesses: He’s not a burner, but more of a long strider, and will be used as a possession receiver in the slot at the next level. He has to work on his route running and come back to the ball more often. He has inconsistent hands and will drop catchable passes. He has to work on his strength and develop more in the upper-body. Durability is an issue.Steuber Says: Cooper had a breakout season in 2009 hauling in 51 passes for 961 yards and nine touchdowns; he became a go-to-guy for Tim Tebow. Cooper’s size and ability in the redzone will make him attractive to teams in need of wide receiver depth. He’s an outstanding athlete and if football doesn’t work out, he’s an accomplished baseball player and could pursue that as a profession. Cooper will most likely be a mid-round selection.
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