Photo of Xavier Cooper
Grade
5.42 ?
  • 4.86 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 29 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 29.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 110.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.23 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.37 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'3" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 293LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Former high school basketball letterman and tight end with outstanding foot quickness and an ability to pursue in space. Quick, lateral footwork for plus penetration. Active hands create separation from blockers against the run and help him gain advantage as pass rusher. Rarely gives offensive linemen a static target to strike and it's hard to land a solid, sustained punch on him. Times snap well and fires off the ball. Has ability to sync quickness of hands and feet for early wins along the line of scrimmage. Can transition fluidly from playing the run to rushing passer against play-action. Played defensive tackle and defensive end.

Weaknesses

High-cut frame with smaller calves. Appears on tape to be short-limbed for his size as well. Lacks pure power at point of attack. Must win with hands or he can get pushed off his spot. Pad level rises at times when he's penetrating. Lacks true core strength to maintain base when being redirected by offensive linemen. Gets run around the arc as pass rusher rather than countering back underneath. Lack of length affects ability to finish tackle opportunities.

NFL Comparison

Clinton McDonald

Bottom Line

Cooper must play in a penetrating defensive front in order to minimize his lack of length and maximize his above-average athleticism. He lacks the power to muscle up and hold his ground, but his ability to win with his hands and be a disruptive pass rusher could offer him immediate value as a rotational defensive tackle with a shot to become a starter.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.