Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 1/7 - Jonathan Cooper, 6-2, 311, G, North Carolina...The Cardinals ranked him as the top guard in the draft. They love his athleticism, comparing him to former Steelers great Alan Faneca. Cooper is athletic enough not only to pull but also to hit someone when he does. He can change directions to block defenders. He's smart and he started 47 games in four seasons. The Cardinals haven't decided which side he will play. - The Sports Xchange
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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
04/28/13 - When asked if Cooper would start right away, Arians smiled and said it's a safe bet. But which side Cooper will play has not been determined, or at least the Cardinals aren't ready to say. Their two current starters, Daryn Colledge (left) and Adam Snyder (right) were signed as free agents the last two years. Colledge has $7 million of bonus money left to be prorated and Snyder has $4 million.
Snyder is more likely to lose his job, even though Cooper played the left side for much of his college career. The Cardinals could spread his $4 million charge over two years, creating $3 million of cap space this year. But Snyder has value as a backup. He has experience playing every position along the line. Part of the reason for drafting Cooper is the Cardinals wanted to develop a more powerful, physical line in order to compete in the NFC West, where they face three good defenses. "We're playing some great teams," Cooper said, "but you don't want an easy road. I'm a competitor and I'm looking forward to the challenges. I'm excited to play all these great teams, teams I've looked up to since I was young. I'm ready to take it on." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 1/7 - Jonathan Cooper, 6-2, 311, G, North Carolina...The Cardinals ranked him as the top guard in the draft. They love his athleticism, comparing him to former Steelers great Alan Faneca. Cooper is athletic enough not only to pull but also to hit someone when he does. He can change directions to block defenders. He's smart and he started 47 games in four seasons. The Cardinals haven't decided which side he will play. - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 11. OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (6-2, 311, 5SR)...Although he won't be an ideal fit for everyone due to strength limitations, Cooper has outstanding body control and mobility for an interior offensive lineman. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com