There’s every reason to expect Oakland Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper to put up the best statistical season of any first-year player in the NFL. Seen as a potential No. 1 receiver for second-year quarterback Derek Carr, the Alabama product is going to hear his number called early and often during the 2015 campaign.
So it shouldn’t be considered too much of a surprise that Cooper came in as the top-ranked rookie for Madden 16.
“Cooper should be a primary receiver from day one and a favorite target of second-year QB Derek Carr. In addition to his rookie-best 82 OVR, he brings 92 Speed, 94 Agility, and 87 Catching (second only to Kevin White among rookies).”
Cooper was also asked to respond to his ranking. You can see him and other rookies reacting to their rankings in this video.
Cooper’s three-word response was simple: “That’ll go up.”
The top receiver is followed by James Winston (Tampa Bay), Todd Gurley (St. Louis), Leonard Williams (New York Jets) and Brandon Scherff (Washington) in the top five.
It will be interesting to see where these rankings are at heading into the actual 2016 season. Something tells me that Cooper will be near the top once again.