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Jonathan Cooper | Guard

Team: North Carolina Tar Heels
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/19/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 310

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Cardinals selected North Carolina OG Jonathan Cooper with the No. 7 overall pick.
Cooper is the first guard to go in the top-ten since the Saints selected Colorado's Chris Naeole at No. 10 in 1997. RG Adam Snyder is likely now on the outs in Arizona. Cooper (6-2, 311) made 48 starts for the Heels, earning the Jacobs Trophy as the ACC's top lineman as a senior. He played the 2012 season in the 280-pound range per his coaches' request, but has since bulked up to his natural weight. The most athletically gifted interior lineman in this class, Cooper was charged with zero sacks allowed and a single hurry as senior. Also very smart (34 Wonderlic score), Cooper could play center in a pinch. Thu, Apr 25, 2013 09:03:00 PM

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Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak is "very high" on North Carolina G Jonathan Cooper, according to CBS' Jason La Canfora.

"Titans coach Mike Munchak, himself a former elite offensive lineman, is very high on Cooper, sources said, and he could end up being the first guard selected as well," La Canfora writes. We've previously documented that the team has liked Cooper as well as Alabama's D.J. Fluker and Chance Warmack. It appears the team is bound to leave the first-round with an offensive lineman.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 04:02:00 PM

The "general consensus" is that the Jets will select a G early in the draft, according to insider Tony Pauline.

Pauline also added the Jets "are looking for a weapon." Obviously Tavon Austin fits the bill, but don't be surprised if Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert is considered. Both Cooper and Warmack could be taken earlier than expected, especially considering the perceived positional value.
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 09:11:00 AM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah hears UNC G Jonathan Cooper "is a strong fall back option for the teams looking to trade out of" the top six.

This means Cooper is highly valued among teams, even higher than most interior offensive linemen. There has been some buzz around Cooper possibly moving to center, something that failed while in college, but teams will love his mobility to get to the second level at either spot. he's a realistic option for the Cardinals at No. 7.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 10:06:00 AM's Daniel Jeremiah ranks UNC's Jonathan Cooper as the top G in the 2013 class.

Cooper ranks No. 8 overall on Jeremiah's board. "There are two elite offensive guards in this draft class. I gave both Cooper and Chance Warmack the exact same grade," he writes. "I ranked Cooper slightly above Warmack on my list because of his superior athleticism and consistency in pass protection." Warmack is listed as the 12th best prospect.
Fri, Apr 19, 2013 09:42:00 AM

Si's Peter King mentioned the Bills and Titans remain interested in the top guards with their top 10 picks.

Regarding Buffalo, King writes he "heard guard a lot over the weekend, with coach Doug Marrone figuring he can get his quarterback either at 41 overall or by moving up 10 to 15 spots to get Ryan Nassib or the QB of his dreams." He added that the Titans could also be targeting an offensive lineman, specifically "maybe a guard." We think they could consider Cooper at center.
Mon, Apr 15, 2013 01:24:00 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline is the next media outlet to report that "several teams" rank UNC G Jonathan Cooper over Alabama G Chance Warmack.

"Over the past few days league insiders have told me they believe its a 50-50 split of teams who prefer Cooper over Warmack, and vice versa," Pauline writes. "The feeling is Cooper’s skill set is much better suited for the NFL and his versatility to line-up in multiple blocking schemes is added value." We will continue to rank Warmack over Cooper.
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 12:49:00 PM's Ian Rapoport reports North Carolina G Johnathan Cooper visited the Dallas Cowboys and has visits set up with the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans.

Interestingly enough, two of three teams have top 10 selections. The Browns have not been associated much with Cooper this offseason but the Cowboys and Titans have. Both teams are believed to be eying offensive guards with their choices. Draft Insider Tony Pauline recently reported that Cooper is one of the Cowboys' "top first-round targets".
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 05:22:00 PM

USA Today's Tony Pauline has been told that UNC G Johnathan Cooper is one of the Cowboys' "top first-round targets."

It is an obvious fit, as Cooper projects to guard or center. Some rank the UNC interior lineman over Chance Warmack due to his ability to move in space and hit targets at the second level. We wouldn't be surprised if Cooper is off the board when the Cowboys make their first selection.
Tue, Apr 2, 2013 03:33:00 PM

UNC G Jonathan Cooper is drawing "heavy interest" from the Titans and Cowboys, according to USA Today's Tony Pauline.

These two teams have been linked to interior offensive linemen throughout the process. Cooper is an interesting evaluation, since buzz is building that teams are looking at the left guard to possibly move to center. Even though we prefer Chance Warmack as an all-around blocker, don't be surprised if Cooper is the first interior prospect selected due to his ability to move in space.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 09:36:00 AM

ESPN's Mel Kiper lists UNC G Jonathan Cooper at No. 8 overall, with Alabama's Chance Warmack slotted at No. 13.

Cooper is "nimble yet powerful," and "a potential star at left guard," according to Kiper. "Cooper has started since his redshirt freshman season, doesn't miss blocks, hits moving targets and has a great punch." For Warmack, Kiper writes "as a run-blocker, he simply takes defenders where he wants them to go, using great power and quickness at his size."
Source: ESPN
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 10:33:00 AM

The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein ranked UNC G Jonathan Cooper over Alabama's Chance Warmack.

Both are listed as first-round picks, the only two to earn that grade at the position. "Cooper has elite feet for the position," Zierlein writes. "I mean that. ELITE." We always respect Zierlein's offensive line evaluations, since he is the son of a NFL OL coach and puts in the work. Zierlein questioned Cooper's strength, but noted that he played 20 pounds lighter than his natural weight in 2012.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 09:04:00 AM's Daniel Jeremiah writes that the Tennessee Titans could still draft a guard despite adding one in free agency.

" I could still see the Titans selecting either Jonathan Cooper or Chance Warmack with their first-round pick at No. 10 overall. Cooper is the one that makes the most sense because of his ability to play all three interior spots," Jeremiah notes. "The addition of Shonn Greene to pair with Chris Johnson proves that Mike Munchak is committed to running the football. Adding two elite interior blockers (Levitre and Cooper/Warmack) would make this one of the top offensive lines in the NFL." Look for the Titans to possibly look to add another running back in the draft as well.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 04:08:00 PM

NFL Network's Bucky Brooks ranks UNC G Jonathan Cooper as the sixth overall prospect on his updated Big Board.

"Cooper is a freakish athlete for his size (6-foot-2 1/8, 311 pounds), and scouts are impressed with his rock-solid game," Brooks writes. "He can move defenders off the ball on power plays yet is nimble enough to lead runners around the corner on pulls." Word is buzzing that Cooper is viewed by many teams at the center spot, and that would only improve his evaluation.
Tue, Mar 5, 2013 03:03:00 PM

NFL Film's Greg Cosell prefers Alabama's Chance Warmack and UNC's Jonathan Cooper to any of the Gs selected in 2012.

The 2012 class includes Kevin Zeitler and David DeCastro. Cosell preferred the former, but both ended up being first-round selections. "Really liked Cooper," Cosell tweeted. "Most purely athletic OG I can remember seeing on film. Light feet, great balance. Plus nasty streak. Looked for contact"
Sat, Mar 2, 2013 07:25:00 PM