Welcome to 20/20. As part of our continued Dynasty Scouts coverage and in preparation for the NFL Combine later this month, we’ll be profiling 20 of the top incoming rookies of the class of 2016 by giving you 20 facts you must know.
1.) Player Name – Pharoh Cooper
2.) College – South Carolina
3.) Height/Weight – 5-foot-11, 208 pounds
4.) Birth date – 3/07/1995 (20)
5.) Class – Junior
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6.) Basic college stats – Cooper recorded 66 receptions for 973 yards and eight touchdowns. His sophomore season he finished with 69 catches for 1,136 yards with nine touchdowns.
7.) NFL Draft round projection – He should be selected somewhere between second and third round.
8.) Current NFL comp – He is very similar to Golden Tate. Both players are undersized and like Tate Pharoh Cooper is very athletic. Cooper played running back, receiver and quarterback in high school. He also has been compared to Randall Cobb.
9.) Best possible destination – Oakland Raiders. With Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree manning the wings, Cooper would be perfect as the slot receiver the Raiders don’t have. Cooper would complete a triple threat to the offense for a very long time as Crabtree is locked into the 2019 season.
10.) Worst possible destination – Indianapolis Colts. The Colts could use a slot receiver, but his value would sink with all the other options the Colts have. Indianapolis also likes to use a two tight end set, which would limit his time used on the field.
11.) Best current skill – Cooper has great athleticism. Cooper can play running back, move into the slot or lineup in the wildcat formation. His 4.47 speed in the forty allows him to blow by cornerbacks and is difficult to bring down as he is tough and knows how to run with the ball.
12.) Skill that needs to be improved – Route running. South Carolina used his speed to advantage, but this won’t work in the NFL. For example, he was relied on for dump off, quick screen or vertical passes to go the distance, this will be much more difficult in the next level. NFLDraftScout states he will need to develop more complex routes such as post-corners.
13.) Past/current rookie ADP – He is currently the sixth receiver on the board with an ADP of 16.00 overall.
14.) Projected dynasty value – His dynasty value coincides to just PPR formats and being on a good passing team. Which would be a nice change of pace for him, as the quarterback situation was awful in South Carolina. He could be the best PPR wide receiver to come out of the draft, over the likes of Sterling Shepherd and Corey Coleman.
15.)Hoowaah – Being disciplined is probably not a factor for Pharoh Cooper. His father and grandfather were both Marines, and his brother is currently.
16.) Buffet Table – Cooper is a jack-of-all-trades, as he has shown the ability to use his vision, cuts like skates on ice, and the balance to absorb hits. He is quick to the hole and doesn’t waste time on the dance floor. He accelerates like a jet taking off from a runway. He will offer his kick return services to the team that drafts him.
17.) Award Central – First Team All-SEC honors at receiver as well as second team honors as a returner in 2014.
18.) Team Leader – Cooper led the team with 66 receptions for 973 yards and eight touchdowns. The 66 receptions were more than the rest of the team combined (56) and were the seventh-highest single-season mark in school history. His 973 receiving yards was the sixth-best single-season total at Carolina.
19.) String ‘em up – Had five games where he caught seven or more passes including an 11 reception game against Citadel, where he finished with 191 yards and a touchdown. Pharoh Cooper finished the 2015 season with four straight one touchdown games. Had three consecutive 100+ yard performances, and five total on the season. He scored in eight-of-twelve games played.
20.) Human Highlight Reel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADmm_iNV6ks