Oakland Raiders Build Draft for Derek Carr Help in 2015

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Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper (9) carries the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Amari Cooper. 1. player. 28. <p>Deceased Raiders owner Al Davis spent his twilight years looking for the next Cliff Branch. He wasted quite a few high draft picks then found Jacoby Ford in the middle rounds in 2010 but he was never the same after lisfranc surgery in 2011. In his fourth draft, McKenzie found a player who might just be the next Tim Brown in the first round this year by selecting Amari Cooper with the fourth overall pick.</p> <p>Brown is the greatest receiver in Raiders history and in the Hall of Fame where he belongs. He dominated college football just like Cooper did, collecting a Heisman Trophy for his efforts. Cooper was a finalist but had quarterback Marcus Mariota’s magical 2014 season to compete with, arguably having a more dominant season, but playing for a more dominant team at a position in which he had less opportunities with the football to showcase that he was the best offensive player in the country.</p> <p>Brown and Cooper have are similar in terms of hands, route-running and running after the catch. You can line both of them up outside, in the slot, in the backfield and put them in motion. All of these qualities will definitely raise Carr’s yards per attempt average up from last year as now the Raiders young quarterback will have a true primary option for not only 2015, but in the years to come as the Oakland front office expect Cooper to develop into a longterm answer at wideout.</p>. WR. Alabama

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