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Coaches, scouts disagree on Amari Cooper vs. Kevin White


Alabama's Amari Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White are the top two wide receivers in the 2015 NFL Draft, but the order in which they will be chosen remains a question.

It appears the question isn't just a source of debate for those outside of NFL franchises.

The Oakland Raiders, who hold the No. 4 overall pick, seem to have the most urgent need at wide receiver of teams drafting in the top 10. But there are a handful of other teams that pick in the top 15 who wouldn't mind a wide receiver, which means Oakland's decision at No. 4 -- Cooper, White or a different player -- potentially could play a big role in how the first round unfolds.

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah -- a former NFL scout -- likes White the best, to the point that he has White as the No. 2 overall player. But he likes Cooper a lot, too, and has him at No. 3.

Brooks also is a former NFL scout. He has Cooper as his No. 1 receiver, and says Cooper "is the most pro-ready receiver of the group."

Still, Brooks has White as the first receiver taken in his mock draft, perhaps an offshoot of his belief that general managers like guys with the most long-term potential. Jeremiah and fellow analysts Charles Davis and Brian Baldinger also have White as the first receiver taken, while Lance Zierlein has Cooper going first in his mock draft. All of them having Oakland taking a receiver at No. 4.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.



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