Scouting Report: Riley Cooper
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Not afraid to work the middle of the field and not afraid to take a hit. Doesn’t lose concentration on the ball when the hit is coming. Can make some acrobatic catches and does a nice job getting the ball at it’s highest point. Knows how to find the holes in zone coverage. Above average route runner. A naturally athletic football player who has also had his share of experience covering kicks on special teams. A physical and tough receiver that can make the difficult catches.
Not much of a blocker. Has a lot of trouble creating separation against man coverage and an equally difficult time getting off the jam at the line of scrimmage. A long-strider, Cooper takes a while to get to full speed. Has decent timed speed but doesn’t display quickness on the field. Has had his shared of dropped balls that were very catchable. Will sometimes let the ball get into his body when catching. Not elusive after the catch. Limited experience and questions surround his dedication to football.
Cooper has been drafted by two different Major League Baseball teams and even played some minor league ball for the Rangers in 2009. Between playing baseball and playing behind other solid receivers at Florida, Cooper may have yet blossomed as a receiver. He’s big and physical, so there’s a lot to work with and he could be a nice pickup for an NFL team in the middle rounds of the draft. Cooper certainly needs to work on the finer points of his game and will take some time to fully develop. Was a bit of an enigma at the Senior Bowl as he’d struggle to separate or even get off the line, drop some easy passes and then make a spectacular, acrobatic catch the next minute.
Cooper is a two year starter for Florida.
Awards and Honors
2009: AP Second-Team All-SEC.
Sports management major at Florida.
Missed two games in 2009 with a broken finger. Also has a chronic foot issue and a pinched nerve.
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