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Florida WR Cooper Eagles Selection at No. 159


Eagles Add WR Cooper
By Lance Epstein

Earlier in the round, the Eagles traded back with the San Diego Chargers for the 159th overall pick (fifth round) and a 2011 fifth round pick for their 146th pick. With the 159th pick (28th in the round), Philadelphia drafted Florida wide receiver Riley Cooper.

Cooper (6-2, 225) is a big, tough and reliable possession receiver. He has the natural pass catching skills due to his soft hands. In addition, he displays great focus and concentration, which permits him to make difficult receptions with defenders draped all over him.

While he lacks true elite speed, he just finds holes in the zone and makes himself a valuable target over the middle. Moreover, he is not afraid to go over the middle and has a quick burst out of his routes. Furthermore, Cooper can be a a huge help in special teams and could even be part of the Eagles wildcat offense.

In the fifth-round, Cooper possesses third-round talent that could be a nice red-zone threat for the next couple of years for the Eagles. Considering Hank Baskett is the only receiver on the team with size and is only under a one-yer contract, Riley is a excellent pick for the future.

On a interesting note, he is a baseball prospect as well, which might explain why he fell to teh fifth-round.


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