The Tar Heels are going to have some work cut out for them in 2013 as they look to replace offensive guard Jonathan Cooper. Cooper has given all four years of his college time to the football program, through all of the ups and all of the downs too.
Cooper has earned many awards and nominations over his four years and has been labeled by some the best offensive lineman in the schools’ modern history. As a redshirted freshman, Cooper found himself on the All-ACC Freshman team. He also was award twice on the second team All-ACC.
One of his strengths is his pass protection. He has quickness, alertness, he can bend, and he extended his arms and body to protect the quarterback.
For a 6’2″, 311 pound football player he can move his body unlike many others. He can move his feet and hips and adjust quickly to make blocks. His bottom line, biggest strength has been noted as his footwork which will help his stock in the draft.
Both NFL.com and CBSSports.com reported that his only weaknesses are his weight and strength. He’s rather big for the position and lacks some upper body strength. It has been noted that he also has rather long legs to play the guard position. But it’s worked so far for him!
The most common team to draft him on multiple mock drafts are the Tennessee Titans. Not sure why they feel a need to protect their quarterback with an elite offensive guard when they have no elite quarterback. Their issue isn’t a poor offensive line. It’s needing a true quarterback that can lead a team and be the face of the franchise. (Something Jake Locker will never be in my opinion. Of course, I still don’t think Joe Flacco is an elite quarterback, but he won a Super Bowl and has proclaimed himself one.)