Jonathan Cooper, OG

School: North Carolina  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 311 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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1121

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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5.062.891.7235 279'0"4.847.78
Workout Results
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STRENGTHS: Cooper is a smooth, coordinated athlete with fluid footwork and outstanding balance, blocking well on the move and constantly getting to the second level. He is an extremely effortless mover with explosive quickness in tight quarters, and is just as effective moving to his left or right. While slighter shorter than scouts would prefer, Cooper has long arms and plays with a wide base, anchoring effectively. Standout high school wrestler who understands leverage and blocking angles. Flashes some nastiness and responds well to physical challenges. Has the quickness, balance and football intelligence to handle converting to center, should his future NFL employer need help at this position. His athleticism makes him ideally suited to a zone-blocking scheme. Durable. Four-year starter.

WEAKNESSES: Cooper lacks overpowering strength and can be pushed into the pocket by bigger, stronger defensive tackles when he allows his pad level to rise. Was prone to an occasional slipped block and/or needless penalty earlier in his career, though he showed much more consistency as a senior. Underwent shoulder surgery before his senior season, which will have to be checked out by team doctors.

COMPARES TO: Rodney Hudson, OC, Kansas City Chiefs -- Possessing the rare combination of balance, agility and durability that helped Hudson earn the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as a left guard back in 2010, Cooper ranks as one of 2013's safest prospects and a future Pro Bowl contender at whichever of the three interior line positions his future NFL team most needs help.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Although the position is far from glamorous, at least one guard has been drafted in the first round in six of the past eight years, including a pair of guards last April (David DeCastro and Kevin Zeitler). Cooper has the skill-set to hear his name called in the first 32 picks of the 2013 NFL Draft.

With 47 starts on his resume, Cooper is a proven commodity who passed up an opportunity to be an early-round selection a year ago to return for his senior season. In doing so, the UNC guard earned consensus All-American honors, was named the recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the ACC's top offensive linemen and was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy.

After redshirting in 2008, he started 10 games as a redshirt freshman at left guard, earning Freshman All-American honors. Cooper made 13 starts as a sophomore in 2010 (12 at left guard and one at center) followed by 13 starts at left guard in 2011 as a junior.

NFL teams are generally loathe to spend first-round picks on guards, but with the steady Cooper an exception may have to be made. Cooper has excellent agility, demonstrating the ability to quickly get to the second level and block on the move. His terrific blocking helped Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard -- a legitimate high-round prospect himself - rush for an average of nearly 123 yards per game this season.

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04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 7. Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina: More athletic than Alabama's Chance Warmack and proving considerably stronger in Indianapolis than many had given him credit for (35 reps), Cooper is a legitimate top-10 candidate, whose value is only increased by his ability to play center, as well. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

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