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Eagles Draft Florida WR Riley Cooper

The Eagles selected wide receiver Riley Cooper with a pick acquired from San Diego in the fifth round, the 159th overall selection. Here's Tony Pauline from Sports Illustrated and with his scouting report.

WR Riley Cooper, Florida
Pos. Rank: 13Grade: 3rd RoundHeight: 6-3.5Weight: 22240: 4.53Year: 4-Sr.

The Good: Tough, reliable possession receiver with natural pass catching skills. Displays good focus, concentration and makes the difficult reception with defenders draped on him. Uses hand technique get off jams the line, shields opponents away with his frame, and plays with a large degree of awareness. Finds the open spot in the underneath coverage, always works to make himself an available target, and is a terrific hand catcher who makes the reception away from his frame. Sells routes displaying quickness into breaks and stays low on exit. Solid downfield blocker and helps the running game.

The Bad: Lacks the second gear, shows no burst or the ability to beat defenders in a foot race. Cannot run to the deep throw. Marginally productive until his senior season.

The Verdict: Cooper watched his game take off last season and has the size to be a solid possession receiver and red zone threat at the next level.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 1:17 p.m., April 24

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