Wide receiver Riley Cooper, a fifth-round pick out of Florida, has agreed to terms on a four-year deal. With Cooper in the fold, the Eagles can focus on negotiations with their top two picks - DE Brandon Graham and FS Nate Allen - who are the team's only picks who remain unsigned.
The 6-3, 222-pound Cooper was the team's second fifth-round pick and the 159th overall selection in this year's draft. Cooper was a second-team All-SEC selection as a senior in 2009. In 51 career games (28 starts), Cooper caught 81 passes for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns. Last year, Cooper had 51 catches for a team-high 961 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He was second in the SEC in yards per catch (18.8).
Cooper is expected to compete for one of the reserve spots at wide receiver and on special teams. After the big three of DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant, the Eagles also have veteran Hank Baskett, Chad Hall, Jordan Norwood, Dobson Collins, Kevin Jurovich and Blue Cooper (no relation). Riley Cooper was the only receiver drafted by the Eagles this year. Cooper said during the OTAs that having played behind Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy for most of his career at Florida, he knows how to make a difference even if he's not in the starting lineup. Cooper's strong hands and big frame could pose a difficult matchup for opposing teams in the red zone.
A two-sport star, Cooper was selected twice in Major League Baseball's draft - once by the Phillies in 2006 and in 2009 by the Texas Rangers. At Florida, Cooper was the roommate of Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, a first-round pick of the Broncos this past year.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:24 p.m., July 13