Scouting Report: Riley Cooper

Written by Will Spencer on April 6, 2010



Riley Cooper


Position: WR School: Florida
Height: 6’3 3/8" Weight: 222 lbs
Class: Senior 40 time: 4.54

Overall Grade:

5.81

Draft Projection:

Late 3rd Round


Non-position specific categories


Category

Max. Value

Grade

Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 6
Quickness/Agility 10 5.5
Strength/Explosion 10 5.5
Athletic Ability 8 7
Durability 8 6
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 4
Toughness 8 6
Potential 10 7


Wide Receiver Specific Categories

Category

Max. Value

Grade

Route Running 10 8.5
Hands 10 8.5
Blocking 4 2
Short Routes 8 7
Deep Routes 8 7
Elusiveness/YAC 8 3



Explanation of Player Grading System


Strengths

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.

Weaknesses

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.

Analysis

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.

Experience

Cooper is a two year starter for Florida.

Awards and Honors

2009: AP Second-Team All-SEC.
2008: n/a
2007: n/a
2006: n/a

Academics

Sports management major at Florida.

Injuries

Missed two games in 2009 with a broken finger. Also has a chronic foot issue and a pinched nerve.


Receiving Stats
Year Rec Yards Avg Long TD Rush Yards TD
2009 51 961 18.8 80 9 1 14 0
2008 18 261 14.5 51 3 0 0 0
2007 8 182 22.8 59 3 0 0 0
2006 4 92 23.0 55 3 0 0 0






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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.