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Newest Eagle Riley Cooper was drafted by the Phillies in 2006

In what is probably a rare twist of fate, newest Eagles draft pick Riley Cooper was actually drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 15th round of the 2006 draft. This is from a Phillies draft review

Cooper enjoyed an extremely productive senior year as he caught 51 passes for 961 yards in Florida’s spread offense. He is a bit of a strider that builds to speed and can struggle when he needs to sink his hips to come out of his breaks with a big burst to separate from defenders. He can struggle on his release against a good press corner and will need some work on running more precise routes. He has baseball for an option but has stated that he wants to play football first and baseball as a backup.

The same site said that the Phillies asked Cooper if he would agree to sign with them if they drafted in the first round that year with the 18th overall pick. The Phils ended up decided against taking him #18 overall and instead took pitcher Kyle Drabek with that pick. Drabek was most recently the centerpiece of the deal that brought Roy Halladay to Philadelphia.

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