SOTT Draft Profile: Jonathan Cooper
Offensive line is always a need, so we looked at a highly touted offensive guard from the University of North Carolina, Jonathan Cooper. There is a good chance he should be one of the first offensive guards off the board.
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Height- 6’ 3”
Weight- 310 pounds
Can you give some background info on him and a quick overview of his career?
Cooper started 47 games for UNC over his four seasons, including two seasons blocking for Texans QB T.J. Yates. He started 46 of those games at left guard, although he did have one start at center as a sophomore. As a senior, he was first-team All-ACC, named to a number of All-American teams, and was UNC’s first Outland Trophy finalist. He graded out at 90 percent for the season and had double digits in knockdown blocks in nine of the Tar Heels’ 12 games. He was the leader of an offensive line that blocked for a 1,200-yard rusher and a 3,000-yard passer this season.
What are his strengths and weaknesses?
He is quick and agile at 6-3 and 310 lbs. and gets to the second level very well. Having to be more mobile in the spread offense has increased his ability to block on the move. He is not overpowering as a blocker and will certainly want to increase his strength to prepare for the type of defensive linemen he will see in the NFL.
What blocking scheme does UNC run and do you think he could fit in the Texans zone blocking scheme?
New Carolina coach Larry Fedora brought a spread offense to Chapel Hill this past season and a lot of time and effort were put into increasing the speed and agility of the offensive line. Cooper played for three coaches in four years so he has proven his versatility and can certainly fit into the Texans’ blocking scheme.
Do you think he is worth being a first round pick even though guards haven’t been valued highly in the draft in the past?
There has been a guard taken in the first round six of the last eight years, including two last year. If the right team in the last 10 picks or so has a hole in the offensive line they need to fill, it would not be a surprise to hear Cooper’s name called.