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Bama’s Cooper is not expected to be a Top 10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft

On October 26th, 2014 at 10:39 am EST

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Last night, Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper had his second 200 receiving yardage game of the season. Against the Tennessee Volunteers, he had nine receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns.

On September 20th against the Florida Gators, he had 10 receptions for 201 yards.

Amari Cooper (Getty Images)

Amari Cooper (Getty Images)

While the junior continues to have the best season of his collegiate career, he is not presently rated as a Top 10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Cooper is slated as the top wide receiver prospect for the upcoming draft.

A wide receiver has gone in the Top 10 every draft since 2010. In that draft, Demaryius Thomas went 22nd overall to the Denver Broncos.

Two picks later, the Dallas Cowboys took Dez Bryant with the 24th pick.

Besides the 2010 draft, there were no wide receivers drafted in the Top 10, or even in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Donnie Avery was the top wide receiver selected with the 33rd overall pick by the St. Louis Rams.

The following pick, the Washington Redskins picked Devin Thomas with the 34rd pick. With the 36th pick, the Green Bay Packers selected Jordy Nelson.

Picking players is not an exact science. Only Devin Thomas is no longer in the NFL, as he last played in 2011, while the others are still playing.

This season, Cooper has 71 receptions for 1,132 yards with 9 touchdowns. He will break the mark that former Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins had last year, barring an injury.

Last season, Watkins had 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the team’s bowl game, he had 16 receptions for 227 yards en route to an Orange Bowl record and being named the Orange Bowl MVP.

Watkins ended up going fourth overall after the Buffalo Bills traded up with the Cleveland Browns to get him.

He wasn’t the only wide receiver to go in the Top 10, as Texas A&M Aggies receiver Mike Evans was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 7th overall pick.

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