Jonathan Cooper          OG       North Carolina      Interior offensive lineman with excellent athletic movement in tight and open space. An inline blocker with power, technique and finish. Good athlete who pulls and traps with strong, flexible base to bend, snap and strike target on the move with great balance; footwork to restart and redirect with chop production in space. Good FBI (football instincts), and has awareness to defeat blitz packages, stunts and games. Good combo blocking with OC & OTs. Good run blocker with quickness out of stance; has very good strength and explosion with strong UOH (use of hands), grabbing breast plate to steer and walk defenders with double and single arm bar technique. Smooth movement to sift through to second level, locating and attacking defenders’ numbers or chopping and rolling with production. Pass blocker with wide base, stout anchor with bent knee and lateral slide to mirror defender. Great balance, base and feet with bent knee and hip flex, with power to lower center of gravity. Will need to gain and maintain girth, as well as further develop strength and explosion through weight room development. Best suited for a zone blocking scheme, but can play in either zone or man. Is an Immediate starter his rookie season. Aligns in both two- and three-point stance at the OG position. Softli – First-round talent/first-round pick. 



Offensive Guard

University of North Carolina Tar Heels



Wilmington, North Carolina

John T. Hoggard High School



One of the top offensive guards in the 2013 draft pool, Cooper has excellent quickness, especially for an athlete playing a position where slow-footed blockers usually reside. He has been a model of consistency for the Tar Heels, starting 48 games during his career. After first considering leaving the school after the 2011 season, he wisely returned to campus and put on an outstanding performance.


Cooper went on to be the only offensive guard in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks to grade at least 90% for blocking consistency in more than seven games (reached that level ten times) in 2012. That dominance led to the senior capturing the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given to the league best blocker, as he was also named one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy.


Cooper became just the sixth offensive guard in school history to receive first-team All-American honors. Since the establishment of that postseason honor in 1929, the only Tar Heels to garner that recognition are George Barclay (1933-34), Ron Rusnak (1972), Ron Wooten (1980), Ken Huff (1974) and David Dreschler (1981-82).


With a solid resume as both a drive blocker and pass protector. Cooper also has a strong chance to join Ken Huff (1975 by the Baltimore Colts) as the only Tar Heels offensive guards to ever be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. At least one guard has been drafted in the first round in six of the past eight years, including a pair of guards last April (David DeCastro and Kevin Zeitler).


Many talent evaluators feel that Cooper has the skill-set to hear his name called in the first 32 picks of the 2013 NFL Draft. Outside of Huff, the only other North Carolina offensive line performers to be selected in the first round were a pair of tackles – Brian Blados, by Cincinnati in 1984, followed three years later, when Harris Barton heard his name called by San Francisco in 1987.


Cooper has natural strength and quickness. He shows ease of movement accelerating into the second level and excellent change of direction agility to make plays working down the line. He plays with a very good base, keeping his feet wide and pad level low to generate enough explosion coming off the snap. He plays on his feet and has the lateral range to make adjustments in his pass set.


Cooper bends his knees with good flexibility and showed in 2012 that he has the quickness to get out on the edge and seal off the rush, along with getting into the second level to stalk linebackers (made twelve down field blocks). He has the agility to pull and trap with effectiveness from the offensive guard position. He shows good hand usage and the redirection skills to mirror on stunts and blitzes.


Cooper is a highly intelligent blocker who is quick to pick up defensive schemes, especially stunts and blitzes. He can handle the mental aspect of the game and is not the type who will make the same mistake twice. He has a good classroom work ethic and takes the plays from the board to the field with only minimal reps. He is best when picking up games and chipping to the second level. He knows all of the assignments of the offensive lineman and has enough savvy to make blocking calls, if needed, along with the exceptional hand quickness that could make him a viable option to play center at the next level.


As a drive blocker, Cooper excels working in space, as he shows great explosion getting out in attempts to stalk and neutralize linebackers. He has above average leg drive and lateral movement to be quite effective maintaining rush lane integrity. As a senior, he dominated the action in the trenches when trying to scope, sustain and make reach blocks than in the past. He gets very good hip roll, which lets him be physical and aggressive coming off the snap.


Once Cooper locks on to a defender, he will generally win the battle. He can drive with good initial force, but is best when accelerating to get to the second level. In pass protection, few guards possess the speed to mirror and square up with an opponent, like this Tar Heel. He has a very strong anchor, which lets him maintain position when trying to neutralize the pass rush charge.


With his lateral quickness, Cooper has no problems when trying to slide and readjust. He plays with good awareness and has the flexibility along with functional lower body strength to anchor. Few offensive guards at the collegiate level demonstrate the hand quickness he has. He comes out of his stance with good urgency and a solid base, opening his hips quickly to pivot and adjust to the speed rush.


The Wilmington, North Carolina native attended John T. Hoggard High School, where he played mostly guard, but also lined up as a defensive end. In his senior year, he helped pave the way for three players who rushed for 600 yards or more, while Hoggard claimed the state Class 4-A championship with a 16–0 record. He achieved a rare feat by being voted Conference Player of the Year in 2007.


Cooper was rated the eighth-best player in the state of North Carolina and the 21st-best offensive guard in the country by He was considered the 14th-best player in North Carolina by Super Prep and earned all-state honors as a senior. He was also a standout heavyweight wrestler, which he claims helped teach him how to use their hands effectively in one-on-one situations on the gridiron.


The offensive guard enrolled at the University of North Carolina in 2008, but would spend the season performing with the scout team, retaining four years of college eligibility. In 2009, he was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman Team by the Sporting News. He took over left guard duties, starting ten contests while leading the team with forty knockdowns and ten touchdown-resulting blocks, despite missing three early season contests with an ankle sprain.


As a sophomore, Cooper received All-ACC second-team accolades. He started all thirteen games at left guard, seeing action in 875 knockdowns. He again led the Tar Heels with 55 knockdowns and a dozen touchdown-resulting blocks. Even though the front wall struggled, allowing 37 sacks, no opponent got to a Tar Heels passer over the left guard’s territory, as his pass protection skills let UNC average 264.0 aerial yards per game.


A model of consistency, the 2011 season saw the Cooper team with his blocking mate, tackle James Hurst, on the left side of the line, as they became the first Tar Heels blockers to receive All-ACC honors in the same season since 1993 (that year, UNC post-season honors went to tackles Ethan Albright and Curtis Parker, and guard Shawn Hocker). He led the team for the third-straight year with 47 knockdowns and fourteen touchdown-resulting blocks, as his 86% blocking consistency grade was the best for any ACC offensive guard.




The 2012 season was Cooper’s best. In addition to winning the Jacobs Blocking Trophy and being a finalist for the Outland Trophy, he was a consensus All-American and unanimous All-ACC first-team pick. He led the nation’s guards with a 93% grade and eighteen touchdown-resulting blocks, in addition to paving the way for the ACC’s leading rusher Giovani Bernard. North Carolina ranked second in the conference and 14th in the nation in total offense (485.58 ypg), finishing eighth nationally in scoring (40.58 ppg), as the senior led a blocking unit that finished ninth in the FBS in sacks allowed (eleven).



Cooper started 48 games for the Tar Heels at left offensive guard, becoming only the second player at his position and fourth offensive lineman in school history to be named All-American first-team in 2012…In four seasons in the starting lineup, he led the team in touchdown-resulting blocks (56 for his career) and knockdowns (235) in each of his seasons with the team.



Cooper was a consensus All-American first-team selection, receiving that honor from The NFL Draft Report, Walter Camp, Football Writers Association, American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, and Sports Illustrated…One of three finalists for the Outland Trophy Finalist, Cooper also earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team accolades, as he was the recipient of the league’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy…The Lombardi Award candidate started all thirteen games at left guard, recording a 93% grade for blocking consistency, which was the best for any interior lineman in the NCAA Foot-ball Bowl Subdivision ranks in 2012…Posted a career-high 93 knockdowns and eighteen

Touchdown-resulting blocks, as UNC ranked second in the conference in total offense (14th nationally at 485.58 ypg) and scoring (eighth in the FBS at 40.58 ppg), leading a front wall that paced the ACC and ranked ninth in the nation, allowing only eleven sacks for minus 75 yards…Closed out his career by having his jersey honored in Kenan Stadium…

In has final career game, had a team-best ten knockdowns and graded out at 93 percent vs. Maryland…Earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after his performance in the North Carolina State game, his second weekly honor of the year, as he played every snap and graded out at 90 percent with a team-high 18 knockdown blocks…Played all 72 snaps at Duke, grading out at 91 percent with 16 knockdown blocks…Cooper earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in the win at Miami, as he graded out at a team-high 93 percent on 85 snaps, the most offensive plays by UNC since 2003 and finished with 12 knockdowns, including posting several key blocks on long runs by tail-back Giovani Bernard…Graded out at 89 percent with 14 knockdowns and helped pave the way for 339 rushing yards, the most for Carolina since 2004 vs. Virginia Tech…Had a team-best 91 percent grade on 51 snaps with 10 knockdowns in the win over Idaho…Added a team-best 12 knockdowns and no missed assignments in the win over East Carolina… Played all 64 snaps at Louisville and graded out at 86 percent with 11 knockdown blocks…

Produced a team-best 88 percent grade at Wake and registered 12 knockdowns while also appearing in all 84 plays…Registered 12 knockdowns in 53 snaps and graded out at 89 percent vs. Elon College.



Cooper earned second-team All-ACC honors for his play at left guard…Along with left tackle James Hurst, they were part of the first Carolina offensive line tandem to earn All-ACC honors since 1993…Started all thirteen games and saw action on 864 plays, as he graded out at 86 percent for the season, good for second on the team…Helped pave the way for Giovani Bernard to gain 1,253 rushing yards, the first time a Tar Heel back has rushed for over 1,000 yards since 1997…Finished with a team-best 47 knockdown blocks and fourteen touchdown-resulting blocks for a unit that averaged 393.23 yards in total offense per game…The junior graded out at 94 percent with six knockdowns vs. Duke… Played all 63 snaps and had five knockdowns at Virginia Tech…Saw action on 72 snaps and had three knockdowns vs. Wake Forest…Posted a team-best 89 percent grade with six knockdowns at Clemson…Had a season-high seven knockdowns and played all 79 snaps vs. Miami…Played all 54 snaps and graded out at 87 percent vs. Louisville, adding 61 snaps with three knockdowns at East Carolina…On 53 snaps, he graded 85 percent with five knockdowns at Georgia Tech…Added 66 snaps and an 86 percent grade with four knockdowns vs. Virginia…Credited with a team-high four knockdowns and saw action on all 58 snaps vs. Rutgers…Produced a team-high 88 percent mark vs. James Madison.



Cooper started all thirteen games at left offensive guard, as the All-ACC second-team choice participated in a team-high 875 snaps…Led the Tar Heels in knockdown blocks (55) and twelve touchdown-resulting blocks for the second straight year, as his pass protection skills aided UNC in ranking 26th in the nation with an average of 264.00 aerial yards per game…Graded out at 83 percent for the season, tied with James Hurst for the best mark on the team…Played on 74 snaps vs. Tennessee and helped the Tar Heels rush for 151 yards…On 84 snaps vs. Duke, he had six knockdowns…Graded 78 percent for the North Carolina State game with a team-best three knockdowns…Competed on all 69 snaps and graded 85 percent vs. Virginia Tech…Graded out a team-best 87 percent with four knockdowns vs. Florida State and was on the field for all 71 snaps vs. William & Mary, grading a season-best 92 percent with seven knockdowns…Had an 88 percent grade with four knockdowns, in addition to catching an errant pass for a 4-yard gain at Virginia… Produced an 81 percent mark with four knockdowns vs. Clemson…Totaled a season-best nine knock-downs vs. East Carolina and graded a team-best 91 percent with seven knock-downs at Rutgers…Registered a team-high four knock-downs and graded at 82 percent vs. Georgia Tech.



Cooper was named to the All-ACC freshman team by The Sporting News, as the redshirt freshman started ten games at left guard and saw action on 579 snaps…Owned a 73-percent grade and a team-best 40 knockdown blocks to go with ten touchdown-resulting blocks…Sat out the Connecticut, Georgia Tech and Virginia games due to an ankle injury but returned to starting lineup vs. Georgia Southern and posted an 81-percent grade and three knockdowns…Had a team-high six knockdowns at Boston College and a team-best 81 percent grade with three knockdowns vs. Miami…Notched a team-high eight knock-downs and a 77 percent grade vs. Duke…Logged a 75-percent grade and a game-high 10 knockdown blocks at Virginia Tech…Graded 74 percent vs. Florida State and posted a team-best 82 percent grade with three knockdowns vs. East Carolina.



Cooper red-shirted as a freshman.



2009 Season…Cooper sat out the Connecticut (9/12), Georgia Tech (9/26) and Virginia (10/03) contests due to an ankle sprain.

2012 Season…Cooper missed part of spring drills after undergoing shoulder surgery.



5.07 in the 40-yard dash…1.77 10-yard dash…2.91 20-yard dash…4.84 20-yard shuttle…

7.78 three-cone drill…27-inch vertical jump…9’0” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 35 times…33-inch arm length…10 ¼-inch hands…78 3/8-inch wingspan.



Cooper attended John T. Hoggard (Wilmington, N.C.) High School, played mostly offensive guard for head coach Scott Braswell, but also lined up as a defensive end…In his senior year, he helped pave the way for three players who rushed for 600 yards or more, while Hoggard claimed the state Class 4-A championship with a 16–0 record…Achieved a rare feat by being voted Conference Player of the Year in 2007…Rated the eighth-best player in the state of North Carolina and the 21st-best offensive guard in the country by and was considered the 14th-best player in North Carolina by Super Prep…Earned all-state honors as a senior…Was also a standout heavyweight wrestler, which he claims helped teach him how to use their hands effectively in one-on-one situations on the gridiron.



Communications major…Son of Velma and Michael Cooper…Nickname is “Coop”…People say he looks like actor Michael Clarke Duncan…Born Jonathan Javell Cooper on 1/19/90…

Resides in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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