DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: WR Pharoh Cooper

WR Pharoh Cooper – Junior / 5-11 / 203 – SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Viewed by some as a poor man’s Randall Cobb, especially in size and how Cooper was used at South Carolina in terms of his versatility
  • Has home run capability who is electric in the open field with the ball in his hands
  • Short, compact and strong and is generally fearless over the middle
  • Contributed heavily on end-around plays and other select rushing opportunities, averaging 24 rushing attempts per season (a little over two per game)
  • Probably a slot receiver at the next level although Cooper played all over the field at South Carolina
  • Cooper is said to have good discipline and workout habits (Cooper grew up in a military family as his grandfather and father were both Marines, as is his brother)
  • Came up big in big games — Cooper averaged 15 yards per catch and had 7 TDs against AP-ranked teams in his career, including and 7-105-1 at LSU in 2015 and 9-170-1 in the 2014 Duck Commander Independence Bowl
  • Needs to expand his route tree and ran a lot of simple, over-the-middle dump offs at college where Cooper then turned into a running back essentially with the ball in his hands
  • Lacks ideal size and catch radius
  • Started his college career as a defensive back before switching to receiver in his freshman season
  • Cooper did not have huge numbers in college but played in a struggling offense though the final days of former head coach Steve Spurrier and then through the team’s transition after his sudden retirement
  • Named first-team All-SEC in 2015
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Due to a strained quad, Cooper was not able to run in the Forty at the Combine although he did compete in the 3-Cone Drill, Broad Jump and Vertical Jump. Perhaps he wasn’t at full strength but Cooper had a rough outing at the Combine. Cooper was 4th –worst among receivers in the Vertical Jump (just 31”) and he was 4th-worst in both the Broad Jump and 3-Cone Drill. Regardless, Cooper is considered a solid prospect and will likely garner a 3rd to 4th-round grade. His Forty time in the March 30th South Carolina Pro Day will be one to watch after having not run at the Combine, and there is some talk that Cooper can run in the 4.3s.
  • NFL DRAFT SELECTION: 4th Round (4.19), Los Angeles Rams
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: Like in Cleveland, the Rams brought in a collection of new receivers (drafting Cooper, Mike Thomas, and then signing Marquez North and Paul McRoberts as undrafted free agents). Cooper could be a busy man in this offense, most likely operating out of the slot. Tavin Austin actually played a lot more on the hashes last year than you might think and as such Cooper should see slot time immediately for the Rams, and Cooper has a chance to develop alongside fellow rookie QB Jared Goff.