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2017 NFL DRAFT

Fahn Cooper, OT

School: Ole Miss  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Crystal Lake, IL
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 303 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
188165-6

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.172.991.8219 258'6"4.897.85

Player Overview

Cooper took a more circuitous route to the NFL than most. His collegiate career began at Bowling Green, where he started all 13 games at left tackle in 2012 after redshirting his first year with the program before electing to transfer first to College of DuPage for a season and then signing on with Mississippi as a highly rated junior college transfer.

Though they came for three different programs, Cooper leaves college with four seasons of starting action under his belt. He also competed at the East-West Shrine Game, turning heads in St. Petersburg.

While all-galaxy prospect Laremy Tunsil served his suspension in 2015, Cooper filled in at left tackle for the first seven games before finishing the year on the right side - which is where he played at the East-West Shrine Game. Playing left tackle is nothing new for Cooper, who started there at DuPage and for two games in 2014 when Tunsil was injured, as well.

With Tunsil and fellow first round talents Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche receiving virtually all of the attention at Mississippi, Cooper has largely flown under the radar but he's an intriguing prospect in his own right.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Looks the part of an NFL offensive lineman with good weight distribution including broad shoulders and thick limbs. Patient, confident player. Sets up smoothly to quickly get into his kick-slide, using his wide base and natural knee bend to handle different types of speed off the edge. Keeps his hips low and shows proper mechanics to sit in his stance and fend off rushers with his hands.

Does a nice job in the run game, using his body angles to seal run lanes and generate movement at the point of attack. Shows the ability to peel off his initial block and engage the linebacker at the second level to give the running back options.

Stood out as a pass protector in one-on-one drills at the East-West Shrine Game. Hasn't played at guard before but possesses the bulk and strength to potentially handle this switch should his NFL team need him there.

WEAKNESSES: Inconsistent snap anticipation, coming off the ball a beat late, at times. Needs some fine-tuning with his hand placement, striking defenders too high (and negating his own leverage and power) in some instances and too low on others, leaving himself vulnerable to swim moves.

Plays with blinders on, focusing too much attention on his primary assignment and reacting late to surprise blitzers or stunts. Over-compensates against speed rushers, driving hard to cut off the outside but leaving himself vulnerable to counters back to the inside.

Bounced around with three programs in college, raising some questions about his commitment to the team.

IN OUR VIEW: Cooper looked like a draftable prospect on film and backed that up during Shrine practices. He lined up primarily at right tackle during drills, but he has the functional experience on both sides, as well as the well-built frame to potentially slide inside to guard, as well.

--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang (2/18/16)

 
 
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