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Draft Scout Jonathan Cooper News
08/31/13 - G Jonathan Cooper (leg) was placed on reserve/injured by the Cardinals Friday.
08/27/13 - LG Jonathan Cooper suffered a broken left fibula and will miss most, if not all, season.
07/31/13 - G Jonathan Cooper will make $14.5 million over four years, including a $10 million signing bonus, but he's not focused now on spending his money.
"Right now, I'm still focused on 'get your plays down and don't make mistakes,'" Cooper said after his first practice of training camp. "Once again, it comes back to trying to prove people right and not let people down. I can't really focus on the glitz and glamour of it until I've shown them I've earned this."
04/28/13 - First round pick Jonathan Cooper has drawn comparisons to great guards such as Alan Faneca, Randall McDaniel and Larry Allen. The Cardinals aren't trying to quell such comparisons; they are embracing them. "He can pull, he can get out in space and make blocks, in the alley, on screens and stuff like that," said Harold Goodwin, offensive coordinator and line coach. "Run-blocking wise, he has power. I think he did 35 reps at the combine on the bench press. The upside is there. He's a two-spot player, he can play center and he can play guard."
Cooper is aware of the pressure he's under. "Honestly, it makes me a little nervous," he said. "It's high expectations and kind of a little bit of pressure, but I also put just as much pressure on myself, and it makes me want to get to work immediately." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Cardinals have strong belief in Cooper...The Cardinals thought their offensive line would be adequate, and that was before the draft. Now that they've added guard Jonathan Cooper, the seventh overall pick, they think the unit could be more than just adequate. Cooper gives the Cardinals something they haven't had in years: a young, powerful, mobile guard. They had no qualms about taking him at No. 7, even though conventional wisdom has it that taking a guard that high is foolish. "I think the question was first posed to me at the combine," general manager Steve Keim said, "whether I thought seven was too high to take an offensive guard. I think that we have our answer."
The Cardinals aren't shy about their expectations for Cooper. Keim thinks he can be a "10-to-12 year pro," and a "Pro-Bowl caliber talent." Keim likens Cooper to Alan Faneca, the former Steelers great, and Randall McDaniel, the former Viking who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Coach Bruce Arians said comparisons to former Cowboys guard Larry Allen, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, aren't exaggerations. "I think it's a very good comparison," he said. "This guy can really bring it at the point of attack, and he's got feet. When he's out in space, he looks like a fullback running around with his change of direction but then he hits you so hard." - The Sports Xchange