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Jonathan Cooper is ready to start in the NFL, which will see him drafted early.
Cooper is 310 pounds, but he has good footwork and the ability to adjust on the fly from the interior. If the Washington Redskins had a first-round pick, it wouldn’t be a stretch to describe Cooper as a “Mike Shanahan lineman”, in that he is athletic, balanced and has the potential to flourish in a zone-blocking scheme.
In reality, however, Cooper could flourish anywhere.
Cooper has the explosiveness that NFL teams covet along the offensive line, but this sometimes comes with penalties.
He has 35 starts with the Tar Heels and was a crucial part of their success along the ground this year, as the team racked up an average of 193.3 yards per game.
Cooper could play at both left and right guard, starting from Week 1. He can drive defensive linemen back and open up holes for the running game.
The interior of the offensive line is the less glamorous role, but Cooper and Chance Warmack—along with David DeCastro last year—have dragged some of the spotlight their way.