04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 11. OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (6-2, 311, 5SR)...Although he won't be an ideal fit for everyone due to strength limitations, Cooper has outstanding body control and mobility for an interior offensive lineman. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
04/21/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: FIVE BOLD PREDICTIONS: 5. North Carolina's Cooper, not Alabama's Warmack, is first guard drafted...If the 2013 NFL Draft had taken place after Alabama's demolition of Notre Dame in the BCS title game, Chance Warmack might have warranted a top-five selection. Since, scouts have had plenty of time to knock holes in the road-grader's game -- and, make no mistake, there are holes. Too much of Warmack's 317 pounds lie around his middle and while he has the quickness to get to the second level (just as Manti Te'o), he fades quickly, making him a less-than-ideal fit in the zone-blocking offense that an increasing number of NFL teams use.
Furthermore, while extraordinarily gifted, Warmack has never been characterized as the hardest worker on the team, a trend which scouts tell me continued during prep for pre-draft workouts. Jonathan Cooper, on the other hand, erased any concerns about his strength with 35 repetitions at the combine and is lighter on his feet than the All-American Warmack. Cooper, furthermore, is the more versatile player, having started at center for the Tar Heels, as well as guard. Both players are likely to wind up as Pro Bowlers in the NFL but if one of them is to slip outside of the top 15 picks on draft day, Warmack is the more likely to do so. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
04/08/2013 - 2013 North Carolina Pro Day: Representatives from 28 NFL teams gathered at North Carolina's pro day on March 26, where 15 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. The workout was held in 39-degree temperatures with a 15 mile-per-hour wind (the 40-yard dashes were run at first against the wind, and then a second time with the wind). Among those from NFL teams present in Chapel Hill, N.C. were offensive line coaches from the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.
Jonathan Cooper, G (6-2 1/4, 308) - Cooper stood on his numbers from the combine, but had an outstanding positional workout. Cooper is going to be a top-15 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft (my latest mock draft projects Cooper going No. 12 to the Miami Dolphins). - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/29/2013 - 2013 North Carolina Pro Day: Traditionally, late March means the NCAA tournament at the University of North Carolina, but despite the mens' basketball team getting knocked out by Kansas on March 24, the dozens of NFL representatives on hand for the Tar Heels Pro Day on Wednesday proved that the university remains a hotbed for athletic talent.
Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley were among the key decision-makers reportedly on hand for Tuesday's workout, which featured 15 former Tar Heels, not the least of whom were two potential first-round prospects: guard/center Jonathan Cooper and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams. Also present were Detroit Lions' general manager Martin Mayhew and New York Jets' general manager John Idzik, as well as David Caldwell, the Jaguars' GM.
The 6-foot-2 1/4, 308-pound Cooper elected to stand on his combine numbers but was put through a variety of positional drills, including taking snaps at center. According to a source on the scene, Cooper looked "fantastic." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/16/2012 - 2012 AFCA FBS COACHES' ALL-AMERICA TEAM: OL Jonathan Cooper, Sr., North Carolina...Cooper graded out at 90 percent on the season and had double digits in knockdown blocks in nine of 12 games this season. He played an important role in Carolina's running game, which averaged 193.8 yards per game, the highest per game average since 1994. - North Carolina football
12/16/2012 - 2012 NCAA FBS CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN: OL - x-Jonathan Cooper (Unanimous), North Carolina, 6-3, 295, senior...Cooper graded out at 90 percent on the season and had double digits in knockdown blocks in nine of 12 games this season. He played an important role in Carolina's running game, which averaged 193.8 yards per game, the highest per game average since 1994. - North Carolina football
12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM: OL Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, 6-3 295 Sr., Wilmington, NC...Cooper graded out at 90 percent on the season and had double digits in knockdown blocks in nine of 12 games this season. He played an important role in Carolina's running game, which averaged 193.8 yards per game, the highest per game average since 1994. - North Carolina football
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN FIRST TEAM: OG - Jonathan Cooper, senior, 6-3, 295, North Carolina...Cooper graded out at 90 percent on the season and had double digits in knockdown blocks in nine of 12 games this season. He played an important role in Carolina's running game, which averaged 193.8 yards per game, the highest per game average since 1994. - North Carolina football
12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: OG-Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, 6-3, 295, Sr., Wilmington, N.Y. (21), has been selected First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team.
A native of Wilmington, N.C., Cooper is considered by many observers as the nation's top guard. He graded out at 90 percent for the season and had double digits in knockdown blocks in nine of the Tar Heels' 12 games. He was a key part of Carolina's offensive success. The Tar Heels set single-season records in scoring, total offense and passing yards. Running behind Cooper and left tackle James Hurst, UNC tailback Giovani Bernard ran for 1,228 yards. - North Carolina football
12/02/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): OG-Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (79)...has been named First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Cooper, a native of Wilmington, N.C., is a finalist for the Outland Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation's top interior lineman. Carolina set school records this season in total offense, scoring and passing yards. - North Carolina football
11/26/2012 - The awards have officially begun coming in for North Carolina offensive guard Jonathan Cooper. One day after playing his final game for the Tar Heels, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound Wilmington native has been named the winner of the ACC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the league's top offensive lineman. He is the Tar Heels' first winner since center Jeff Garnica in 1988. Cooper is also a finalist for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award, both symbolic of the best lineman in college football. Though it is only a conference award, the Jacobs Blocking Trophy is special because it is chosen by a vote of the ACC's head coaches and defensive coordinators.
The Hoggard High graduate, who was the runnerup for last year's award, ran away with the balloting with 29 points. He was named as the top choice on all but two ballots to easily outdistance Clemson center Dalton Freeman (eight points) and UNC teammate James Hurst (6). He will be presented the trophy at a ceremony during the ACC's Night of Legends next Friday in Charlotte. "This is a tremendous honor for Jonathan," Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora said. "Coop is a tremendous player. He's very athletic, he moves his feet like a tight end and can be dominant at the point of attack."
Cooper, a four-year starter, set a school record for game started at 47 in Saturday's win against Maryland. He was twice named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week this season and graded out at an average of 90 percent with 10 or more knockdown blocks in nine of 12 games. - Brett Friedlander, Wilmington Star News
11/26/2012 - 2012 ACC JACOBS BLOCKING TROPHY WINNER: North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper has been awarded the 2012 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced Sunday. In doing so, Cooper, becomes the first North Carolina player to receive the Jacobs Trophy since 1988. The Jacobs Blocking Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953 to the player voted the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of the league's head coaches and defensive coordinators. The trophy is given in memory of William P. Jacobs, who served as president of Presbyterian College from 1935 to 1945. The trophy will be presented at the ACC's Night of Legends event which will be held this Friday (6 pm) at the Charlotte Convention Center as part of festivities held around the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game.
Cooper, a 6-3, 295-pound senior from Wilmington, N.C., was the runaway winner with a total of 29 points far outdistancing Clemson senior center Dalton Freeman (8) and North Carolina junior tackle James Hurst (6) to capture the 59th ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy. No trophy was given in 1996. In all, 13 different ACC offensive linemen received votes in the balloting, but Cooper was named as the top choice on all but two ballots.
A four-year starter for North Carolina at guard and 2nd-team All-ACC selection in 2010 and 2011, Cooper last week became the first Tar Heel to be named a finalist for the prestigious Outland Trophy. Cooper helped lead a North Carolina offensive line which paved the way for an offense to be ranked 11th nationally scoring offense, averaging a school-best 40.6 points per game. UNC also ranks 17th nationally in total offense, averaging 485.6 yards a game, the best in school history. - ACC football
11/21/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY FINALIST (NATION'S OUTSTANDING INTERIOR LINEMAN): Jonathan Cooper (UNC)...Cooper, a 6-3, 305-pound senior from Wilmington, N.C., has been a standout lineman in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season and has not allowed a sack. He has been named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice through games of Nov. 10. He has been one of the main reasons that North Carolina tailback Giovani Bernard has been one of the country's top rushers. Cooper is seeking to become North Carolina's inaugural Outland Trophy winner and the first from the ACC since North Carolina State's Jim Ritcher in 1979. He is the first Outland finalist from UNC. - North Carolina football
11/15/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: North Carolina's is rushing for 201 yards per game, third in the ACC, and throwing for nearly 288, which is fourth-best in the conference. The offensive line has done a good job protecting the quarterback. The Tar Heels have given up the fewest sacks among ACC teams, only 10 for 67 yards in losses. PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior LG Jonathan Cooper twice has been named the ACC Lineman of the Week this season. - The Sports Xchange
10/15/2012 - WEEK 7 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, Senior, G, 6-3, 295, Wilmington, N.C.,...Senior offensive guard Jonathan Cooper played all 85 offensive snaps, graded a team-best 93 percent, had 14 knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack in Carolina's 18-14 win at Miami. Cooper helped pave the way for Carolina's 272 rushing yards, which included 177 from Giovani Bernard, 77 from Romar Morris and 14 from A.J. Blue. Both of North Carolina's touchdowns came on the ground. On the first scoring drive, Cooper had key blocks on three plays that went for 10-or-more yards, including the 10-yard touchdown run by Bernard. - ACC football
07/27/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (55), has been selected Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference football for the 2012 college football season by the ACC media. Cooper and Hurst have both been named to the watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award. TOP FOUR VOTING BY POSITION (OVERALL, NAME, TEAM, VOTES): Offensive Guard: 1. Omoregie Uzzi, GT, 57...2. Jonathan Cooper, UNC, 55...3. R.J. Mattes, NCS, 4. Brad Linder, UM, 4 - North Carolina football
07/19/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. A senior from Wilmington, N.C., Cooper has started 35 career games, primarily at left guard. He saw action on 864 plays and graded out at 86 percent a year ago. - North Carolina football
07/18/2012 - 2012 OUTLAND TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, G, has been selected to the Preseason Outland Trophy Watch List for the 2012 college football season, which goes to the best interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. A senior from Wilmington, N.C., Cooper has started 35 career games, primarily at left guard. He saw action on 864 plays and graded out at 86 percent a year ago. - North Carolina football
06/21/2012 - Top-five North Carolina prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. OG Jonathan Cooper (6-3, 305)...Although the position is far from glamorous, at least one guard has been drafted in the first round in six of the last eight years, including a pair of guards last April (David DeCastro and Kevin Zeitler). And North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper (pictured above) has the skill-set to hear his name called in the first 32 picks of the 2013 NFL Draft. With 35 starts on his resume, he is the most experienced member of the 2012 Tar Heels and is the leader of an offensive line that returns four starters. Cooper, a three-star lineman out of Wilmington, chose North Carolina over South Carolina and Wake Forest. 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. He is a smooth, coordinated athlete with fluid footwork and outstanding balance, blocking well on the move and constantly getting to the second level. Cooper lacks overpowering strength and needs to cut down on the penalties, but is an extremely effortless mover with explosive quickness in tight quarters. With an impressive senior season, Cooper, who is almost fully recovered from January shoulder surgery, could be the first offensive lineman out of North Carolina to be drafted in the first round since 1987 (Harris Barton). - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
05/15/2012 - 05/14/12 BIG BOARD, BEST FOR 2013: 27. Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina: Overshadowed by all of the elite defensive talent that came through North Carolina during Butch Davis' tenure in Chapel Hill, Cooper has quietly emerged as one of the steadier interior linemen in the country. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com