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-Julio has faster game speed in the NFL than he did at Bama. He started to show more burst during the 2010 season, his last at Bama
-Julio ran 4.39 electronic/4.34 hand-time at the 2011 NFL Combine
-Amari Cooper ran 4.38 hand-time at a Bama camp during the Summer 2011, just before his senior season in high school. He appears to have 4.38 speed on the football field IMO
Who's better? Depends on what type of offense you run and thus what you need from your WR.
Julio is bigger and more physical but I'm not sure that he's a better athlete. Example: sure most didn't think Cooper had run 4.3x. Likewise, unless we've seen him doing a vertical or standing broad jump we don't know how explosive he really is.
Both are great athletes, but Amari Cooper has another gear he uses to get separation down field. To me, the biggest advantage Cooper has is an ability to adjust to the ball when it is in the air, which can help a QB out tremendously and make him look great at times. Perfect example was the last TD against Georgia. Go back and watch that one. Cooper not only hit another gear to get to the ball, but he had to adjust across the field as well. That is a gift, talent or skill that very few receivers have.
Julio ran in the 4.3's at the combine so I would imagine him...To the original question, I agree with most others in that if Julio had AJ throwing him the ball, he would have put up some sick numbers.
Here ya go. More insight on this thread.
Great minds think alike.
Splitting hairs IMO. Julio was a top 10 pick and a pro bowler. Amari will be in a couple of years. Coops stats will be better in part by AJ being his QB
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College Julio vs Cooper
Physical presence: Julio
Breaking Tackles: Julio
First Move: Cooper
Clutch: leaning towards cooper, but Julio was clutch during the "drive" against Auburn.
Vertical: Julio, barely due to the Cooper Rambo play.
Work Ethic: Tie
Ruzzle Player: Cooper
amari in college
julio in nfl
It is still too early to say Amari for sure, but I think things are trending that way.
A couple of things to note though:
AJ McCarron is light years ahead of JPW and GMAC at this point. Cooper has had the advantage of a semi-elite college QB in his lone year in football. Julio had a QB in GMAC that was afraid to throw him the ball his SO year and finally started targeting him his JR year halfway through the season.
Amari does catch the ball a lot better and is smoother in his routes, although Julio ran good routes as well.
Amazing about both of them is that we are grading them on years that they were banged up a lot of the time as well. Julio was only truly healthy his FR year and Amari played mostly banged up the last half of this season as well.
It is trending towards Amari at this point, but I think you still have to give the edge to Julio until we see one more year from Amari. It would be like saying Yeldon is better than Trent at this point......OK, maybe Ingram would be a better example than Trent.
"Don't confuse association, with something we both really like." ---JB
I don't think we can get a correct comparison because they would need to play with same quarterback, offensive line, etc...then you could see. I'm just proud we had Julio and we have Armari. Julio was also hurt part of his time, but, he played through it lights out. We need to see an entire body of work with similar circumstance. I think if Trent Richardon had had this year's offensive line...he would have won the Heisman or come in 2nd for sure.
Amari reminds me of AJ Green.
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