Graig Cooper - Miami (FL) (HT: 5-10⅛ - WT: 203) Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 26 of 30
Positives: Excellent speed, a true home-run threat... Very good overall athletic ability... Explosive when he gets downfield, very hard to bring down in the open... Has quick feet and a burst to blow past defenders... Is good at running through arm tackles and has improved running between the tackles over the past three years... Solid blocker for his size, takes good angles and gets good leverage... Great receiving ability... A dual-threat out of the backfield, can fit in very well for a team looking for a third-down back... Good route runner... Can play out of the slot... Miami has an amazing pedigree for putting running backs into the NFL... Strong character, very good teammate... Can return punts and kicks in the NFL.
Negatives: A bit undersized at just over 200 pounds... Hasn't fumbled the ball too much, but he does carry the ball away from his body a bit which could pose a problem... Still isn't very strong when meeting defenders, gets pushed backwards at times... Poor vision, doesn't see the field well, runs into his own players... Partially tore his ACL during the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl against Wisconsin and was supposed to miss all of the 2010 season but has recovered quickly... Missed four games this year due to injury.. Hasn't dazzled anyone with his numbers, splits carries in a loaded backfield, really took a backseat in 2010 with only 35 carries all year... Needs to learn to run straight ahead, tries to dance too much... Projects as more of a change-of-pace back who can contribute on special teams.
(January 28) --
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