No. 1: Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper
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Needless to say, both Dallas and San Francisco’s wide receiver selections in the first round have panned out well.
Yet Cooper emerges as the bigger threat, as the SF 49ers have struggled with opposing teams’ top wide receivers more than a handful of times this season. In Week 1, the Arizona Cardinals’ DeAndre Hopkins created all kinds of problems. Seattle Seahawks wideout D.K. Metcalf was problematic, too, while Week 13 revealed coverage deficiencies against the Bills’ Stefon Diggs.
Cooper, who has recorded three 100-plus yard games this year already despite a woefully inadequate Cowboys offense, is much more problematic for the Niners than Lamb.
San Francisco still owns the NFL’s fifth best passing defense this season, but Cooper remains the kind of player who can proverbially “take over a game.”
If he does, the SF 49ers could easily lose their third consecutive game this Sunday.