Dynasty League Spotlight: Damian Copeland, WR Louisville Cardinals
The Trashman, RosterWatch.com
Damian Copeland, WR Louisville Cardinals
Weight: 182 pounds
40 yard dash: 4.50 (Combine)
NFL Comparison: Andre Caldwell
Copeland is hardly a physical specimen or especially athletic, yet somehow he led the Cardinals in receiving his last two years on the team. I attribute most of this to his ability to move well in tight spaces and his small but vice like hands. Copeland isn’t that fast, but he’s quick and agile. His shuttles and three-cone drill, the best in nine years at the combine, solidified Copeland’s status as a quasi-elite testing performer in this year’s class. He also has a 40″ vertical leap, another boon for a physically underwhelming player. My main concern for Copeland is his durability. Every one of his first three seasons of eligibility were hampered by various injuries.
We were very impressed with Copeland as a young man when meeting him at the NFL combine. He’s a receiver who pays attention to detail and takes pride in his grasp of former Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson’s “conceptual” pro-style offense. Copeland actually told RosterWatch that he would be completely comfortable actually taking snaps as quarterback in the system because he knew that well how the progressions went.
Copeland is not a complete blocker, a fact that could keep him off the field initially. He’s best suited for the slot position, where he can maneuver in close quarters, but his run after the catch isn’t stellar … so don’t expect much more than a solid possession receiver out him. Outside of PPR leagues, Copeland doesn’t interest me that much, but you can’t deny his combine performance. He’s one to watch.