Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Jonathan Cooper; now THIS is the ideal zone-blocking guard.
Bleacher Report Draft expert Matt Miller, please tell us about Jonathan Cooper:
Cooper is a powerful blocker who looks to dominate at the point of attack. He'll put defenders on their backs and keep running—showing off good balance and quickness to pull and lead on outside runs.
Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com, please further elaborate:
Cooper is a smooth, coordinated athlete with fluid footwork and outstanding balance, blocking well on the move and constantly getting to the second level. Cooper lacks overpowering strength and needs to cut down on the penalties, but is an extremely effortless mover with explosive quickness in tight quarters. With an impressive senior season, Cooper, who is almost fully recovered from January shoulder surgery, could be the first offensive lineman out of North Carolina to be drafted in the first round since 1987 (Harris Barton).
Power, agility, fluidity and coordination; At times, this was missing from the Dolphins' offensive line, but with Cooper, some of that will get better on the left side of the line.
However, I know how Dolphins fans are: you will boo this pick. If the Dolphins take Cooper over Cordarelle Patterson, Keenan Allen, Johnthan Banks or any other playmaker (even if it's the result of trading down), you will boo, you will be upset that the Dolphins will take a guard so early in the first round.
This would be the reaction even if the Dolphins managed to trade down to the 31st or 32nd pick and grab Cooper (by the way, a trade like that would be won by the Dolphins if they get Cooper along with an extra third rounder out of it).
I get it, the Dolphins don't "need" an offensive lineman, even though the lineman on the roster don't exactly fit the scheme being run. You want a play-maker, fine.
Just remember, five picks in the top-100, and plenty of play-makers to choose from. I named the only other guard that would be a possibility for the Dolphins that would be available in rounds two or three, but Cooper is a better fit for the Dolphins, and would start the second he sets foot in Miami.