The Dallas Cowboys sent major waves through the NFL when they traded a first round pick to the Oakland Raiders for WR Amari Cooper. But the Cowboys apparently didn't just make an impulse buy - they did their diligence.
According to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Cowboys reached out to Alabama head coach Nick Saban and others to make sure Cooper had the skillset and character traits they were looking for.
The people who knew Cooper spoke glowingly about him, according to sources. The list of people the Cowboys questioned for information about Cooper included Nick Saban, his former head coach at Alabama; Cowboys tight ends coach Doug Nussmeier, who coached Cooper at Alabama in 2012 and 2013; former Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio; and Cowboys fullback Jamize Olawale, who played with Cooper for three seasons in Oakland.
Each person recommended trading for Cooper, each vouched for his talents and character, and each person expressed consistent thoughts and feelings, according to sources.
Saban coached Cooper during the wide receiver's three seasons at Alabama.
During his time at Alabama, Cooper had two 1,000+ yard seasons, won the 2014 Biletnikoff Award, and helped the Crimson Tide win two national championships.
Cooper ended up being drafted fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders in 2015.
Among the other big names the Cowboys contacted were former Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio, who coached Cooper from his rookie season until last year.
Cooper made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2016 with Oakland, but had a rather down year in 2017. However, he still scored seven TDs that season.