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Amari Cooper Trying To Separate From The Pack

While several other wide receivers have been spotted higher on mock drafts, Alabama's Amari Cooper is hoping to have his name be the first called at the position during the 2015 NFL Draft. 

Former Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper not only wants to be the best in his draft class, but the best at his position regardless of the team he goes to in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Cooper said what sets him apart is his release off the line of scrimmage and coming out of his breaks while he completes his route.

But, despite all of his strengths, he not shy in pointing out flaws in his game he hopes to improve on.

"There were definitely times when I didn't look the ball all the way through when I should've," Cooper said in February at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. "I think I can be more consistent in everything that I do."

Cooper played in 26 games with 16 for Alabama during a dominate run through college football.

In 2014, he recorded 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound receiver more notably broke Julio Jones' school record in his freshman year in both receptions (59) and receiving yards (1,000).

"I've definitely met [Jones] and talked to him a few times," Cooper said. "He's definitely given me advice on what it takes to be a great player."

Cooper not only accepts advice from NFL veterans but also his past coaches.

Cooper said his offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin put him in the best position to create mismatches in his favor. He also mentioned that Mike Groh, his former wide receivers coach and current Chicago Bears coach, opened his eyes in film.

Check out these photos of Amari Cooper, a hard-working and big-play capable wide receiver from the University of Alabama.

"He'll go out and watch a lot of film on other guys, NFL receivers, and come back and try to teach it to us so we can be the best that we can be," Cooper said.

Cooper needs to be at his best. He said doing his best will separate himself from the group of wide receivers preparing for the draft.

At the combine, Cooper led all receivers in the 20-yard shuttle (3.98 seconds) and tied with three other receivers for seventh fastest time in the 40-yard dash (4.42 seconds).

"I'm only 20 years old," said Cooper, reminding a sea of reporters around him. "I think I'm one of the youngest players here. So, most of those guys are older than me. I definitely feel like I have a high ceiling and a lot to improve on."




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