Report: Alabama WR Amari Cooper visits Browns
By Paul Noel
It’s no secret that the Cleveland Browns are in need of some more upgrades at wide receiver, even with the addition of veterans Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline. The Browns are likely done looking a veteran talent and are turning their focus squarely on the talented group coming out in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Browns will have a lot options to choose from in draft, but one option who has been linked to every team in the top ten in the draft has just made a stop in Cleveland.. According to the Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper completed a pre-draft visit with the Browns.
Cooper is one of the top wide receiver prospects in the upcoming draft and is a consensus top-10 pick barring any unforeseen issues —according to CBSSports he is a 1st Round pick and the 5th overall player ranked in the draft. At 6-foot-1, 211 pounds, Cooper is an ideal No. 1 receiver who has the prototypical size and speed combination to present a constant mismatch to opposing defenses. Cooper isn’t going to overpowering corners with his size, but he is quick enough to torch defenses over the top and stretches the field vertically. Cooper also had the combine stats to go along with the attention, 4.42-sec 40 yard dash, 3.98 20 yard dash, and a 33″ inch vertical. Cooper finished his career at Alabama as the winner of the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation’s most outstanding receiver and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Cooper was a unanimous first-team All-American and was Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Cooper led the nation in receptions (124) and finished second in yards (1,727) and touchdown receptions (16).
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The wide receiver position was thin in 2014 after the suspension of Pro Bowler Josh Gordon. The team returns slot receivers Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel, and added Veterans Hartline and Bowe to the Cleveland offense. However, the two are nearing the end of their careers and the Browns should take advantage of a top-heavy wide receiver class rather than wait until next year. Cooper is a consensus top-10 pick and as Ian Rapaport, of the NFL Network stated the Browns would likely have to move up to acquire him. Let remember that crazy things happen on draft night, but the thought of adding Cooper to the Browns roster is a tantalizing idea depending on the price.
Does Amari Cooper visiting the Browns excite you?