Former South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper will be taking his playmaking talents to Los Angeles. The prolific Gamecocks wideout was taken by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Cooper was regarded as a Day 2 pick throughout the draft process, and was a player some draft pundits described as an upside pick. He is a versatile prospect who can do a little bit of everything in the passing game thanks to his speed, athleticism and reliable hands. He saved most of his workouts for his pro day, running a 4.63 40-yard dash and completing the three-cone drill in 7.15 seconds.
At 5-foot-11 and 203 pounds, Cooper could serve as a slot receiver in the NFL. He doesn’t have tremendous length, making his catch radius a bit underwhelming. But he does have tremendous game speed and quick feet to help him gain separation against NFL defensive backs. He was the 13th receiver taken in the draft.
Cooper’s production dipped last season, but he still put up impressive numbers in 2015 despite a messy quarterback situation at South Carolina. He caught 66 passes for 973 yards and eight touchdowns as one of the few playmakers on the Gamecocks offense. He caught 138 passes for 2,163 yards and 18 touchdowns in three seasons at South Carolina.
Cooper joins the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, quarterback Jared Goff, in Los Angeles. The Rams have a rather thin receiving corps led by do-it-all receiver Tavon Austin. Cooper could see some significant playing time as a rookie.