With the seventh overall draft pick in the 2013 NFL draft…the Arizona Cardinals selected University of North Carolina offensive guard Jonathan Cooper.
The Arizona Cardinals need a versatile offensive lineman and they got one. Cooper is known for his athleticism as a guard, he even can be used as a center should Arizona need to.
The six foot, two inch tall and three-hundred and twelve pound Cooper was all smiles Thursday night when he was drafted.
ESPN’s Jon Gruden says that the Cardinals are going to enjoy Cooper and said that he likes him as a player because Cooper is a “finisher!”
With issues at quarterback since Kurt Warner retired, the issues finally begun to take a toll in the last season. It was widely expected that Arizona might have drafted a quarterback this year in the first round because of those concerns. But they choose another option, which also helps fill a hole that needed to be filled for Bruce Arians and his team this season.
Drafting Cooper also shows that Arizona if confident in Carson Palmer as their quarterback.
Arians is entering his first season as the head coach for Arizona.
My personal expectation was Cooper being drafted in the mid-to-late first round, possibly with the Dallas Cowboys with the eighteenth pick. Congratulations to Cooper and the Arizona Cardinals. They’ve landed a class act and extremely talented player.