PFF scouting report: Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
Here is the PFF draft profile for South Carolina’s Pharoh Cooper, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.
Slot receiver. 609 of his 764 snaps came from the slot in 2015
Stat to know:
Forced 33 missed tackles on 135 receptions between 2014 and 2015
What he does best:
• Great in space, 16 missed tackles forced on 66 receptions in 2015
• Very quick feet, a big part of the reason he made so many people miss tackles
• Explosive, possibly an impact player as a returner too. Returned 27 punts in 2014 and 2015, with a long of 24 yards in both seasons
• Best fit may be as a vertical slot receiver where his acceleration and speed will play well against slot corners
• Can also be effective if given the ball on screens, slants, and shallow crosses as his acceleration allows him to get to top speed in a hurry
• Really struggles against press, poor use of hands to shake free
• Not a typical slot route runner, not as proficient as using the “two-way go” to take advantages of defenders
• Will run some sloppy routes, often lacks the wiggle at the top of his stem
• Not physical at the catch point
• Still fairly raw. Needs to develop all round game if he is going to be more than just good in space
Pro style comparison:
Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks. Baldwin can do some damage in the short game, but he separates himself from other slot receivers by making big plays as a vertical threat as well. Cooper can be productive in a similar role.
Cooper is far from the finished product, but as a big-play threat from the slot and a player that can be used as a space player and return specialist, he adds value in the middle rounds.