C, Jon Cooper, Oklahoma
|At A Glance|
|Position 1: Center||Height: 6-2|
|Position 2: Guard||Weight: 291|
|Projected Round: 7th-FA||40time: 5.09|
|Bench Reps: 31||Vertical: 31|
|20yd Split: 2.95||Broad Jump: 8'9"|
|10yd Split: 1.69||20yd Shuttle: 4.60|
|3 Cone Drill: 7.46|
Pros: Rare initial quickness. Snaps the ball cleanly and easily gets to the second level or outside for screens. Efficient and reliable cut-blocker.
Cons: Looks significantly smaller than listed size on film. Simply lacks the bulk and strength to compete with NFL-caliber defensive linemen unless protected by a zone-blocking scheme and plenty of size flanking him.
Styg's Broncos Fit: The traditional makeup of a zone-blocking center. Cooper is smart, versatile, and can hold the point of attack with help from the guards. Tenacious and never gives up on a play. He moves well and has a real gift in his short area quickness, allowing him to help both guards in the same play. Excellent snapper out of the shotgun and has long-snapping experience, he is bound to intrigue Denver if they still are looking for this classic version of a zone-blocking center; lighter, quicker and very aggressive.
Scouting Reports and Offsite Links:
- While center Jon Cooper was preparing for the Shrine Game last month in Houston, his West roster teammates began receiving e-mails containing invitations to February’s NFL Scouting Combine.
Cooper, voted the Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year by the league’s coaches, waited for his e-mail to arrive, too.
It never came.
"I was worried I wasn’t going to get invited,” Cooper told The Oklahoman in a phone interview. "I called the National Football Scouting office just to see, and they said the first invites, which is for seniors, had been sent out.
"I wasn’t one of them.”
Eventually, Cooper — as well as former OU guard Brandon Walker, who also was left off the first list — received a Combine invitation earlier this month. [see more...]
- A quick, athletic center who snaps and steps very quickly. Showcases impressive lateral mobility in pass protection and plays with natural leverage on contact. Is very fluid in space and has the athleticism and coordination to get out to the second level and cut down blockers. Is very intelligent, carries out all his assignments and works well in tandem with his guards. [see more...]