Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper has been on fire to start this season. Through three games, Cooper leads FBS receivers with 33 receptions, and has compiled 454 yards and two touchdowns. He will easily eclipse his stat line from 2013 (45 catches, 736 yards, 4 TDs) and will likely top the numbers he posted in a breakout freshman season in 2012 (59 catches, 1,000 yards, 11 TDs).
The schemes of Lane Kiffin -- who is in his first year as Alabama's offensive coordinator -- tend to feature a single, standout wide receiver. Before Cooper at 'Bama, Kiffin had Robert Woods (now with the Buffalo Bills) and Marqise Lee (in his rookie season with the Jacksonville Jaguars) to emphasize while at USC.
When evaluating top college players, NFL scouts will often compare them to previous players that they've graded. Who does Cooper remind you of? I've reached out to five NFL personnel executives to see what they had to say.
Verdict: Sometimes there isn't an obvious NFL comparison, but all five players mentioned above share a playmaking quality and route-running savvy. Those are traits that carry over to the NFL.
Conclusion: Cooper shares a central theme to all five of those comparisons, and each receiver is explosive and possessses an ability to run pass routes effectively.