Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
If the Rams miss out on this year's top offensive guard prospect, they should immediately shift their focus to North Carolina's finest, Jonathan Cooper. Like Warmack, Cooper is considered one of the most talented offensive linemen in this year's draft.
The 23-year-old left guard was a four-year starter for the Tar Heels and consensus All-American in 2012. As a freshman, he registered a team-best 40 knockdown blocks, logged 579 snaps and earned All-ACC freshman team honors by the Sporting News.
The following season, Cooper's play increased as he played a team-high 875 snaps while appearing in all 13 games. And to no one's surprise, he managed to lead the team in knockdown blocks for the second straight season. Even though North Carolina went only 8-5, the sophomore offensive lineman garnered second-team All-ACC honors.
His junior and senior seasons were similar to his sophomore season in terms of snaps played, but from a performance standpoint, his blocking grades continuously rose. The Tar Heel coaching staff graded him out at an 88 percent efficiency rate in 2011 and a 93 percent efficiency rate in 2012, two of the highest numbers the school had ever seen.
If St. Louis is looking for a player who has shown productivity and durability from day one, then Cooper is definitely their guy. Missing only three career collegiate games due to injury is almost unheard of, which is exactly why he didn't have a single medical red flag at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Projected Round: Round 1