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Jon Cooper (C)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 291
College: Oklahoma
Conference: Big 12
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
High School: Fort Collins
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Overview

While teammates Duke Robinson and Phil Loadholt receive most of the media attention, the Big 12 coaches recognized Cooper as the conference's 2008 offensive lineman of the year. An immediate standout for the Sooners, Cooper started two games as a true freshman before a dislocated ankle ended his season. He went on to become a mainstay on arguably the best offensive line in college football, twice earning all-conference recognition. Cooper lacks the bulk and physicality to fit most NFL schemes, but his reliable shotgun snapping and rare quickness for the position could intrigue zone-blocking teams in the late rounds. Had an arm span of 31 1/4 inches and a hand span of 9 inches at the combine.


High School

Three-year starter and letterman ... Named Offensive Player of the Year in the Front Range Conference ... Captured team MVP honors as a senior ... Also played defensive tackle ... Totaled 92 tackles,


eight sacks and two interceptions ... Also forced six fumbles ... No. 20 defensive tackle in the country (ESPN.com) ... No. 6 center in the nation (Rivals.com) ... No. 3 Postseason Colorado Top 15 (Rivals.com) ... No.


20 player in the Midlands (Scout.com) ... Coached by Eric Rice.


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Analysis

Positives: Rare initial quickness. Snaps the ball cleanly and easily gets to the second level or outside for screens. Efficient and reliable cut-blocker. Good lateral quickness for pass protection. Good hand placement. Understands blocking angles and can neutralize his opponent with them. Scrappy. Doesn't back down from bigger, stronger players.


Negatives: Looks significantly smaller than listed size on film. Simply lacks the bulk and strength to compete with NFL-caliber defensive linemen unless protected by a zone-blocking scheme and plenty of size flanking him.


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