The undisputed second-best offensive guard prospect in the upcoming NFL draft, Jonathan Cooper is going to be one heck of a football player.
Maybe Chance Warmack is an overall better player at this point, but the sky is the limit for Cooper, who is clearly a superior athlete.
He has rare athleticism for a man of his size and plays with excellent technique.
Cooper will make an offensive line coach very happy in the near future.
Here are some of the best highlights from his college career.
Cooper is a terrific pass protector.
In this clip, his great footwork and ability to get set quickly are on full display.
His quickness, coupled with his technique, will make for a long day for defenders trying to get past this guy.
Cooper is one of the strongest prospects you'll find in the draft—35 bench press reps at the combine, per NFL.com—and he uses that strength to embarrass No. 56 in this clip.
The former Tar Heel completely overpowers the defensive tackle and throws him to the ground, leaving a giant hole for his running back.
That just looked too easy.
That is a huge man moving extremely fast.
It bears repeating: Cooper is a special athlete.
It's not every day that you see a 6'2", 311-pound guy run stride for stride with a running back.
Getting to the second level in a hurry is a piece of cake for this guy.
In this clip, Cooper bursts to the second level to take on a block that helps pave the way for a 15-plus-yard run.
Cooper's athleticism is truly rare and a large part of what makes him such an intriguing talent.
Cooper's mama didn't raise no fool.
He's a well-spoken, high-character guy.
Football teams need those kind of players.
He understands the extraordinary opportunity that has been afforded to him and it looks like he means to take full advantage of that opportunity.
To make it in the NFL, you can't just have talent. You also need to have your head on straight.
Cooper's head looks plenty secure to me.