You may not have known it by watching him, but former Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper was a NFL rookie last season.
The 2015 first-round pick of the Oakland Raiders looked like a natural at the next level, successfully working with Raiders QB Derek Carr to produce 1,070 yards receiving and six touchdowns on 72 catches.
The effort earned Cooper a Pro Bowl selection during his rookie season.
On Sunday, the 2014 All-American chatted with the guys on SiriusXM’s NFL Radio. One of the topics that came up was how the SEC differed from the NFL, and AL.com’s Mark Inabinett transcribed Cooper’s answer.
“Overall guys are better, but overall guys are smarter,” Cooper said. “And that’s the biggest thing: Guys are smarter. The talent level, to me, probably is about the same coming from the SEC. But they’re smarter, so it makes them better.”
Hey, SEC fans likely will take that.
The SEC is proud of the talent level in what is widely considered the best conference in America. It likely is nice for some to be able to point to the comments of someone who had such great success at the college level and watched it translate into immediate success against the world’s best.
You can hear Cooper’s full interview here: