Mel Kiper Jr. compares Amari Cooper to Jerry Rice

Amari Cooper is undoubtedly one of the top receivers — and players — in college football right now.

Averaging 141 yards per game, while notching 8.9 receptions per game and 1,132 yards over the season, Cooper has refused to slow down. He continues to work on his craft and is likely a top draft pick when he makes the leap to the NFL.

Speaking on an episode of ESPN’s SportsCenter Thursday, draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. broke down Cooper’s play and compared him to NFL-great Jerry Rice.

“Jerry Rice had that great work ethic. Amari Cooper, same thing type of thing,” Kiper Jr. said. “Spends tons of time after practice, always working on route-running, his stats are incredible and he’s a guy who consistently week after week puts up big numbers.”

Cooper will have an opportunity to bolster his resume with a strong game against the No. 14 LSU Tigers Saturday night on the road.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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