Name: Amari Cooper
College: University of Alabama
Height / Weight: 6’1” / 203 lbs.
S.U. Rank: 1
Potential NFL Teams: St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders
If you never got to a chance to see Amari Cooper play his collegiate days as part of the Alabama Crimson Tide then you really missed out on some good football.
Excuse me, I mean great football.
Not only did Cooper prove to be one of Nick Saban’s best assets as part of a historic couple of years put up by the southern squad, but on an individual level Amari Cooper saw his stardom skyrocket because of getting chances to play in the limelight.
Here are a couple reasons that Amari Cooper would fit well with the St. Louis Rams or the Oakland Raiders:
1. FOLES’ GOLD
The newly acquired Nick Foles from the Philadelphia Eagles will prove to be worth trading away former No. 1 pick Sam Bradford for several reasons — one more reason could be the addition of Amari Cooper to St. Louis’ offensive arsenal. As you can imagine, adjusting to any non-Chip Kelly offense pretty much guarantees an awkward — if not extremely difficult– first couples of games to get in the groove of the growing pains.
Instead of trying to get a snap going in less time than your microwave can warm up your leftovers, Jeff Fisher’s style of offense in St. Louis involves a structured, better tested approach.
This is something Nick Foles could fit very well in — but just like any good quarterback, without options they are nothing.
The Rams were 23rd in the league when it came to overall passing yards per game last year so statistics are pretty clear that the Rams need to start having some offensive production. Not many analysts or reporters close to the team thought that a quarterback trade with the Philadelphia Eagles was going to happen — it was anticipated that if the Rams were to get a new quarterback that it’d be from the 2015 NFL Draft — so now that the leadership position on the team has been filled it’s most important to fill in the support gaps.
Amari Cooper does just that.
Cooper also has the tendency to stop the planned route if he feels that the defensive coverage is too good for that particular play. Knowing that Nick Foles is used to unfamiliarity on the offensive end of things, having a talented receiver that has the speed and agility to break free in a panic situation will be crucial to succeeding in a nearly impossible to win NFC West.
But should Cooper go to the Rams, expect St. Louis to officially have their hat thrown in the ring for a possible division crown.
The Rams have the tenth overall pick in this year’s draft, so we can only hope they take advantage of a high selection opportunity.
2. CARR, YOU HEAR ME NOW?
Another quarterback to look forward to seeing on the field next year is the young and restless Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders. Carr is the premier example of what it looks like to be a quarterback that exceeds expectations but has a serious lack of talent around him.
The main reason that Amari Cooper would fit in with the Oakland Raiders is that we all know that Derek Carr will have everything to prove in his sophomore season to see if he’s worth the hype he’s been getting from the media recently. Cooper gives Carr the option to have at least one star receiver to target — kind of like the previous Andre Johnson era in Houston — and that’s all Carr is really going to need.
Oakland is going to be up against an inconsistent San Diego Chargers team, a confused Kansas City squad, and a brutal Denver Broncos team in an AFC West that, like the NFC West, will be all but up for grabs come opening day.
If you ready, come and get it.
3. SUPER COOPER
If nothing else, the sheer fact that Amari Cooper is a veteran receiver from the SEC should be more than enough to convince an NFL team to invest in him — particularly the Rams and the Raiders.
The biggest thing that Amari Cooper brings to a team is his presence in the locker room as a leader. Without a captain or someone that the other players can look to when times get rough. Since both St. Louis and Oakland are no stranger to rough water, adding a player that can boost the morale beyond just the locker room to the outskirts of their city will speak volumes about their intentions in the near future.
After all, believe it or not, the Rams and the Raiders BOTH had their Super Bowl moments not too long ago. All it takes is one quick turn to get back on track — or better yet, a major step in the right direction.
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