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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12/19/14 - G Jonathan Cooper (wrist) is out of Sunday's game.
12/17/14 - OG Jonathan Cooper suffered an injury to his left hand and is playing with a cast. Cooper started the last two games at left guard.
09/24/14 - G Jonathan Cooper, the seventh overall pick in 2013, didn't move into the starting lineup in the bye week. Ted Larsen has played decently at left guard, and Arians and his staff don't want to make a chance with the group.
09/22/14 - G Jonathan Cooper, the seventh overall pick in 2013, will not move into the starting lineup during the bye week, coach Bruce Arians said. The team is satisfied with the play of Ted Larsen.
08/25/14 - G Jonathan Cooper is trying to play through a painful turf toe that's kept him out for two weeks. Cooper seems to be accepting the fact that it's going to bother him for much of this season. He practiced on Monday for the first time in two weeks.
"I'll do what I can to manage the issue and get out there as soon as I can," he said.
In the meantime, the Cardinals are pleased with Ted Larsen, who is started at left guard.
08/11/14 - G Jonathan Cooper suffered a toe injury against the Texans but isn't expected to miss much time. Cooper is competing with Earl Watford for the starting job.
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