Sep 8, 2012; Winston Salem, NC, USA North Carolina Tar Heels guard Jonathan Cooper (64) lines up in the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB

Mike Mayock Lists UNC Guard Jonathan Cooper as One of Four Options for Chiefs with #1 Pick

NFL Draft “expert” Mike Mayock of the NFL Network says only four legitimate options exist for the Kansas City Chiefs with the #1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.  One being offensive guard Jonathan Cooper of the North Carolina Tar Heels.

The four players Mayock listed are:

Alabama guard Chance Warmack; North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper; Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel; and Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher.

Warmack is Mayock’s preference.  “People will tell me I’m crazy, that a guard can’t go No. 1,” Mayock explained.  “I think he’s the best player in the draft, so I would argue that.”

This is shocking to me on many accounts.  Horrible luck for the Chiefs as Arrowhead Addicts Patrick Allen explains HERE.  Next, I just can’t see a guard going #1 overall whether it’s Warmack or Cooper, it just doesn’t make sense.  Guards are very important as new Chiefs head coach Andy Reid found out in Philadelphia but #1 overall?  I’m not buying it.

Cooper is an excellent pro prospect who will start from Day 1 on whatever team chooses him and is listed as a top 15 pick on most mock drafts.  This is the first time any expert has listed him as a possibility for the #1 overall pick in the draft.  One thing that could help the chances of Cooper and the other three OL listed by Mayock would be the Chiefs landing a veteran quarterback such as Alex Smith who played well behind a very good OL in San Francisco.


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