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Bears WR coach Mike Groh praised by former pupil

INDIANAPOLIS -- Consensus first-round pick Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper complimented Chicago Bears assistant Mike Groh's attention to detail when asked Friday to describe the impact Groh had on the wideouts' spectacular collegiate career.

Groh, the club's highly regarded wide receivers coach since 2013, worked with Cooper at Alabama when he served as the Crimson Tide's receivers coach and recruiting coordinator from 2011-2012, helping lead the program to back-to-back national championships.

"Coach Groh is a great coach," Cooper said at Lucas Oil Stadium. "He's really specific. He's really diligent in the way he wants to teach us. He'll go out and watch a lot of film on other guys, NFL wide receivers, and come back and try to teach it to us so we can be the best we can be."

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projects the Oakland Raiders selecting Cooper with the No. 4 overall choice.

The Bears jettisoned the majority of the coaching staff upon the firing of Marc Trestmam, but the team reached an agreement to extend Groh's contract on Jan. 30, making him one of only two holdovers (along with outside linebackers coach Clint Hurtt) from the old regime.

Under Groh, the Bears have had three 1,000-yard receiving seasons -- Alshon Jeffery (2013, 14) and Brandon Marshall (2013).