Top Five Rookies Bengals Will Face in 2015

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May 8, 2015; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper (89) at rookie minicamp at the Raiders practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

WR Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders

In the first game of the year, the Bengals may face the most daunting rookie they’ll face all year (though this will be highly debatable by the end of this list).  Amari Cooper was the fourth selection overall this year and was taken in order to give quarterback Derek Carr a reliable weapon to work with.

Cooper is a dynamic receiver who could become a star in the NFL rather quickly.  Many pundits considered him to be the best receiver in this year’s draft due to his refined skill set and his versatility as a receiver.  This without mentioning how explosive he can be.

Amari Cooper helped the Crimson Tide win the BCS National Championship in 2012 as a sophomore when he complied 59 receptions for 1000 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Cooper then helped Alabama finish seventh and fourth in the AP poll following the 2013 and 2014 seasons respectively.  Cooper caught 45 passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns in 2013 and an astounding 124 passes for 1727 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2014.  Needless to say, he was incredibly impressive during his collegiate career.

Now with the Raiders, Cooper will be looking to help vault Oakland move up in the AFC West while forming a nice quarterback-receiver duo with his new quarterback.  Unfortunately for the Raiders, Carr reportedly suffered a finger injury that may require surgery.  Luckily it doesn’t sounds too bad and Carr should be ready well before the season begins.  The Bengals’ secondary will need to be prepared to deal with what could be the NFL’s next great receiver, Amari Cooper.

Next: Week Two versus the Chargers

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