Jonathan Cooper   OL   North Carolina

TALENT BOARD ROUND  1

 

STRENGTHS

Jonathan is a strong, athletic offensive lineman.  He has excellent mental toughness and exhibits leadership skills through his play on the field. He is smart and works well with his line mates.  He shows quick feet along with a strong upper and lower body to be effective blocking for both the run and the pass.  Jonathan has the football intelligence and athletic talent to play more than one position on the line of scrimmage.  He reminds me a lot of Demonte Dawson (former Center/Guard, Pittsburgh Steelers).  He has that aggressive attitude that you love to see in an interior offensive lineman along with his excellent athletic ability.  If Jonathan can work out at one of the Tackle positions at the combine or in his pro day workouts, he should be the type of offensive lineman that many teams in this draft will need to select early.  His potential to be a Pro Bowl offensive lineman is outstanding.

 

CONCERNS

Jonathan has to understand leverage better and how it will help him at the next level.  Right now, because he is in a two point stance most of the time, he plays way too upright when blocking for both the run and the pass.  He doesn't get over-powered much at the college level; however, in the NFL, he will get run over and bull rushed like a herd of shoppers in the first hour of a store opening on Black Friday.  He also has his hands on the outside of most opponents' uniforms when he blocks, which will amount to a lot of holding calls at the next level.  He has not played center at the college level or tackle, but he has the athletic talent and intelligence to do so.  Jonathan does not show the lateral agility you would like to see to play tackle, but he does show the football intelligence to learn the techniques to compensate.  

 

BOTTOM LINE

I believe Jonathan has the potential to be a Pro Bowl left guard for the team that drafts him.  I also see excellent talent to be a potential Pro Bowl center if he can handle snapping the ball.  I also believe he can play right tackle and, in a pinch, be a decent left tackle because he has excellent overall athleticism and continues to move his feet until he hears the whistle. I have seen this kid get beat on an inside move, but stay with his block to push his man up the field, keeping his opponent from making a sack.  Not many guards can do that once they get beat at the line of scrimmage.  That's the type of foot quickness Jonathan possesses.  When I watch this kid on film, I can see his intimidating demeanor and body language right off the bat. He is relentless and never stops blocking.  If he has no one to block, he finds someone.  If you run a stunt on him, he is very quick to switch and uses his foot quickness to take his man out of the play.  It doesn't matter if it is a pass play or a running play, when he comes to the line of scrimmage, his tone is to dominate his opponent mentally and physically.  When Jonathan learns how to use more leverage, better hand placement and working out of a three point stance, he will be even more dominant than he is right now.  This kid is the closest I have seen to a Demonte Dawson-type of interior lineman because of his demeanor when goes to the line of scrimmage.  Jonathan will be a fit in any type of offensive line blocking scheme because of his athletic ability and that's the type of offensive lineman most teams need to draft to be a playoff team.  Look for the playoff teams in this draft in the first round to fall all over themselves to draft this kid.  You need this type of offensive lineman to make it to the playoffs every year.

 

Drew "The B.S. Detector" Boylhart

DEC/2012