2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

by Cory J. Bonini on March 25, 2013 @ 14:40:31 PDT

 


North Carolina offensive guard Jonathan Cooper finished up his senior season for the Tar Heels and should be a high pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. He is among the safest draft choices available, regardless of position.

Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Low-risk prospect

Strengths

  • Very experienced and durable with 47 career starts
  • Extremely agile and well-balanced
  • Stout build at 6-foot-2, 311 pounds
  • Long arms (33 inches) and big hands (10 1/4 inches)
  • Strong upper body (35 bench press repetitions)
  • Excels in the leverage game
  • Athletic - fits a zone-blocking scheme well because of his ability to pull
  • Quick footwork

Weaknesses

  • Lacks ideal height (6-foot-2)
  • Can be overpowered by stronger bull rushers
  • More of a finesse player - could be limited to certain systems
  • Minor injury history after shoulder surgery before the 2012 season

Expected draft placement

Cooper should be a first-round selection in April's NFL Draft. He could go as high as No. 7 to the Arizona Cardinals, although that would be a huge reach. More realistically, you can expect to hear his name in the latter third of the round.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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