Amari Cooper, wide receiver from Alabama, is going to have a private visit with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Well, that’s the word on the street anyway.
After not adding any big wide receivers in the start of the 2015 NFL Free Agency period (not that they still can’t!), the Jaguars turn their attention back to the draft and Amari Cooper.
Cooper, who finished third in Heisman voting in 2014, put up 124 receptions last year for 1727 yards and 16 touchdowns. That kind of production is tough to ignore, especially for a Jaguar team that still needs a difference maker. He won the Biletnikoff Award, given to the best receiver, in his junior season.
Cooper has plenty of size at 6’1″ and he’s a proven target at the college level and has shown he can excel. So, where would the Jaguars be able to take him? It’d be a stretch to say at number three overall (their current first-round pick). While he’s probably firmly a top-20 pick or a top-15 pick, reaching for a receiver at three overall when there are also quality pass rushers may be a mistake for a Jags team that added Julius Thomas in 2015 NFL Free Agency.
He’s been compared to Marvin Harrison – which is about the highest compliment you can give a receiver – but at this point is he nothing more to Gus Bradley and company than a potential slot receiver? Right now the Jags current wideout crew is coming into its own as a group and they deserve to grow together. While I like the idea of Cooper helping them out, I don’t see the Jags making him a priority to draft, especially in the first round.
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