Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Jonathan Cooper NFL Combine Preview


Jonathan Cooper enters the NFL Combine with the opportunity to improve his draft stock dramatically. Considered by many to be the second best interior offensive lineman in the NFL draft, behind Alabama's Chance Warmack. Cooper was an Outland Trophy Finalist (best OL in NCAA) and the winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy (best OL in the ACC). Mel Kiper is one person that really likes Cooper, saying that he is  "projected to be a top 12 pick", and could rise to a "top four to six pick with a good combine". 

Cooper was a four year starter at Chapel Hill and his combination of power, quickness and exceptional pass-blocking skills have made him a player that many teams will covet. Cooper skipped the Senior Bowl in January, but is expected to participate fully at the combine.  He could overtake Warmack as the best interior lineman in the draft, but I believe a top 6 pick is a bit of a stretch. Not because I question Cooper's ability, but I question if a non-tackle would be drafted that early in the draft.

Tune into the NFL Network Febuary 23-26 to watch Williams, Kevin Reddick, Giovani Bernard, Travis Bond, Brennan Williams and Jonathan Cooper.

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