QB – #6 Jacksonville State
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Jonesboro (Jonesboro, GA)
HS Rating: 4 star (0.9120)
Phil Steele: N/A
Zerrick Cooper Scouting Report
Displays excellent velocity on his throws. Has some good range. Throws a very nice touch ball. Release is very tight and fast. Reminds me of Deshaun Watson – very similar motion. When on the run, his release motion tends to be elongated. Otherwise, it’s solid. Very accurate quarterback. Displays excellent ability to throw across all parts of the field. Placement is generally excellent. Does have some slight consistently issues.
Doesn’t have a very natural feel for the pocket. Eyes come off the play downfield when he feels pressure. Drifts back dangerously instead of trying to step up. Would like to see him work up into the pocket better. Footwork was all over the place last year. Cooper’s stance is also a little too narrow, not allowing him to really step into the throw and utilize his arm strength. Much improved in 2021. Very quick feet. Looks polished.
Has good athleticism to get out of the pocket and extend plays. Has some good athletic ability. Typically a smart, efficient quarterback. Takes what the defense gives him. Generally understands pre-snap, still doesn’t catch little things. The JSU offense relies on Cooper to make pre-snap reads.
What we want to see from Zerrick Cooper in Los Angeles
- Zerrick Cooper struggled tremendously against FBS teams anytime that Jacksonville State played one. Even though he was a four-star recruit who transferred from Clemson, you have to wonder if the level of competition was too much for him. We want to see how he handles this jump up and if he is really even capable of elevating a roster.
Pre-Collegiate Bowl projection
We don’t think that Zerrick Cooper projects well to the next level. His lack of production against FBS teams is concerning, especially when looking at the tape because of just how ineffective he was. Cooper looks like a borderline third string quarterback who will drift around the league for a few years. He might be better off going straight to the USFL launch this April where he can hopefully clean up some of his mechanics and work into a quality backup in the NFL.
Cooper best projects as a priority free agent. I don’t think he’s displayed enough consistency against upper-tier teams to work through an offense and elevate their play.