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Alabama WR Amari Cooper says he ran 4.31 40-yard dash

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Alabama WR Amari Cooper is one of college football's top underclassmen prospects.

Let the Amari Cooper hype begin.

The star Alabama wide receiver, who will be a true junior this fall, said he ran unofficlal 40-yard dashes of 4.31, 4.35 and 4.38 seconds following Alabama's pro day event last week.

"It's all about technique in the 40," Cooper said, according to al.com. "I'm trying to get faster and I guess you guys will see whenever I decide to come out."

Cooper posted a social-media video of one of his runs. Note what appears to be Alabama gear on the hand-timers. Unofficial, indeed:

Nevertheless, if Cooper's exploits in the 40 are anything close to what they've been on the field, he could be the main event at next year's pro day should he choose to enter the NFL after three college seasons. Cooper posted 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns as a freshman in 2012, and despite nagging injuries last year that limited him in several games, he managed 45 receptions for 736 yards as a sophomore last season.

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His worst unofficial time on pro day (4.38) would have tied him for fifth place at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, along with TCU's Jason Verrett and Rice's Phillip Gaines.

At pro day events, it's common for college underclassmen to go through what amounts to a mock pro day after draft-eligible prospects have finished their workouts for NFL scouts. While scouts might clear the building as the upcoming college juniors do their thing, it can provide 2015 and 2016 draft prospects with a baseline idea of what they need to improve.

Or, in Cooper's case, what they might be best at.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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