Every team in the NFL would love to have an elite guard on their roster like Jonathan Cooper.
Few offensive linemen combine the pure power and athleticism like Jonathan Cooper. He's got all the tools to be an elite guard in the NFL early in his career.
Cooper was a four-year starter for the North Carolina Tar Heels where he consistently dominated defensive players in the NFL. Let's take some time to get to know Cooper a little better as we look at five things you need to know about the former UNC offensive guard.
Combine results courtesy of NFL.com. College stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.
Full Name: Jonathan Cooper
Birthday: January 19, 1990
Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina
High School: Wilmington (NC) Hoggard
While Cooper played mostly guard in high school, he also saw some time on the defensive side of the ball. In his senior year, his team went 16-0 and won the North Carolina 4-A state title.
2009: 10 starts, 123.4 rushing yards per game, 14 rushing touchdowns, 162.4 passing yards per game, 14 touchdowns, 23.8 points per game
2010: 13 starts, 125.7 rushing yards per game, 18 rushing touchdowns, 264 passing yards per game, 19 passing touchdowns, 25.3 points per game
2011: 13 starts, 138.8 rushing yards per game, 22 rushing touchdowns, 254.4 passing yards per game, 26 passing touchdowns, 28 points per game
2012: 12 starts. 193.8 rushing yards per game. 28 rushing touchdowns, 291.8 passing yards per game, 29 passing touchdowns, 40.6 points per game
With 48 career starts under his belt, Jonathan Cooper enters the NFL as one of the most experienced guards in college football. Not only does he have the experience, but Cooper also improved in each of his seasons as a player.
In his senior year, Cooper helped propel one of the best ground games in the ACC.
Weight: 311 lbs.
Arm Length: 33"
40-yard dash: 5.07 seconds
Bench press: 35 reps (top performer)
Vertical jump: 27"
Broad jump: 108"
3 cone drill: 7.78 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.84 seconds
If there was one thing evident from Jonathan Cooper at the 2013 NFL combine, it was his pure strength. He was a top performer in the bench press with his 35 reps.
However, Cooper had a strong overall performance, cementing his position as one of the elite prospects this year.
All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.
Before his sophomore season, Jonathan Cooper had a rather successful freshman year at offensive guard for North Carolina. However, the Tar Heels felt that Cooper might be a better player for them at center.
The first game of his sophomore year in 2010, Cooper actually started at center. The Tar Heels quickly realized their mistake and moved Cooper back to guard for the remaining 12 games of the season.
He never played center again while at North Carolina, making that one start back in 2010 likely to be his only start at center for the rest of his career.
The 2013 NFL draft class is rather deep, and should produce a number of high-quality players. Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network feels like Jonathan Cooper should be one of those:
Most likely Pro Bowler in this draft? OG Jonathan Cooper would be my choice.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 22, 2013
Bryan Perez of FirstRoundGrade.com thinks that the Pro Bowl isn't aiming high enough for Cooper:
2) Jonathan Cooper,OG, UNC. Best all-around linemen in draft. As strong as warmack with feet as light as Lacy's.10 yr all pro. #FRGBigBoard— Bryan Perez (@FirstRoundGrade) April 22, 2013
Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net even thinks that Cooper may be better than Chance Warmack:
I continue to hear more and more teams rank Jonathan Cooper/G/North Carolina ahead of Chance Warmack/G/Alabama...write up in a few...— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 12, 2013