2018 NFL Draft

Keanon Cooper, OLB

School: Minnesota  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Dallas, TX
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 228 lbs.
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Latest News
03/05/2013 - 2013 Minnesota Pro Day: Keanon Cooper had the fastest 40-yard dash time of all the former Gophers working out Monday. The linebacker was clocked at 4.50 seconds, and that was with a sore hamstring. - Joe Christensen, The Minnesota Star Tribune

09/05/2012 - LB Keanon Cooper, who missed the spring game because of a wrist injury, had four tackles against UNLV. He wore No. 51 to honor his former teammate, the late Gary Tinsley, who passed away in sleep in April. Cooper and Tinsley were roommates last year and Cooper gave a eulogy at Tinsley's funeral in Florida. - The Sports Xchange

08/30/2012 - LB Keanon Cooper, who missed the spring game because of a wrist injury, has returned to action. He had 77 tackles last season, good for fourth on the team. - The Sports Xchange

08/06/2012 - Top-five Minnesota prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 4. OLB Keanon Cooper...Sometimes it takes tragedy to reveal the true character of people and the unfortunate death of former Minnesota linebacker Gary Tinsley allowed Cooper, his fellow linebacker and friend, to grow into one of the emotional leaders of the Gophers team. Cooper was Tinsley's roommate and the person who found his body the morning after Tinsley died in his sleep from an enlarged heart this past April. A Dallas native and high school teammate of cornerback Stoudermire, Cooper was considered a top-50 defensive back recruit, choosing to head north to Minnesota over Kansas, Kansas State and Wisconsin. After redshirting in 2008 and serving as a back-up in 2009, Cooper started 10 games as a sophomore linebacker, recording 68 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss. He had his best season in 2011 as a junior (9 starts) with 77 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and two forced fumbles. Cooper lacks ideal size for the linebacker position as he will be out-muscled near the line of scrimmage and moved where blockers want to take him. He accelerates quickly and shows a fast first step to chase down the action, but he will need to show more consistent production as a senior. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com