Amari Cooper debuts at 53 in NFL’s Top 100 players list

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper made his debut on the NFL’s Top 100 players list, coming in ranked 53rd overall.

The Top 100 list, an annual television show aired by NFL Network, ranks the Top 100 players in the the NFL as voted on by the players themselves. In 2016, three members of the Oakland Raiders made the list — Derek Carr, Reggie Nelson and Khalil Mack.

In 2017, following a 12-4 season, the safe assumption is that the Raiders will exceed last year’s total. To kick things off, the first member of Silver and Black to crack the Top 100 was left guard Kelechi Osemele, who checks in at no. 95. The second player to make the list is second year wide receiver Amari Cooper, who checks in at no. 53.

Following a quality rookie season in which he caught 70 passes for 1,070 yards and 6 touchdowns, Cooper hauled in 83 receptions for 1,153 yards and 5 touchdowns in his sophomore campaign. He also made significant strides when it comes to dropped passes, and was much more reliable in that regard in 2016.

Cooper will be turning just 23 years old on June 17, and will still be younger at the beginning of his third season than some receivers who are just now entering the league. He’s roughly four months older than Mike Williams, who the Chargers drafted seventh overall. So given his youth and experience, Coop isn’t even beginning to scratch the surface of his potential.

Heading into year three, expectations will be high for Cooper and the rest of the offense. New offensive coordinator Todd Downing will be looked at to get Amari more involved, at least on a more consistent basis. There are times when he’ll disappear completely from the game plan, which was frustrating to many in Raider Nation.

One other critique is that Amari’s production has faded in the second half of the year in each of his first two seasons. The difference between his first eight games in 2016 and his last eight was quite substantial, so if he can maintain pace for the full year, he’ll easily catch over 100 passes. And that figure could end up being the bench mark for his expectations this upcoming season.

What are your thoughts on where Cooper ranked on the Top 100 list? Too high? Too low? Or just right?