Cooper is excellent pulling forward and
grabbing the LB. He can move laterally with the LB, and then hop to his
side and Seal him. That is not an easy block for a 300 pounder to make
while racing sideways with a 230 pound LB. Plays in balance with his hands
and feet beautifully, especially when a LB is blitzing up the gut. He has
no trouble stoning blitzers.
is a great Seal blocker. Powerful drive
blocker. He can drive the DT 5-yard back. Comes off the Line low and turns the D-Tackle with nice power and technique. Very nice feet in pass
protection. He can kick-step back to the edge outside the OLT to help out.
Does a nice job chipping on the Screen, and then getting outside and
chopping a LB. When he plays with a wide base and arms extended he can
Very smart guy who makes all the line calls, and even tells
the young QB what the play is when it is changed from the sideline. With
his smarts, power, and hands I have no doubt he will be a starting Guard
in the NFL. He is just deadly pulling out to his right. When
he doubles on a block, he will often drive the D-Lineman backwards past
the blocking of his teammate. It is very impressive to watch. I really
like how he chips and gets to the second level and takes out the ILB. He is
such a powerful drive blocker. He wont go top ten because he is an
O-Guard only, but he will not make it out of the teens.
consistency. He needs to
use his hands better to latch onto defender and not let them go. Struggle
to sustain blocks sometimes (At least against NC ST he needed to;-). His
size worries me. He looks a little short on the field, but it might just
be that he plays with such excellent knee bend. However, his long arms
help to make up for his lack of height. I want to see his real height and
arm length at the combine (6-2 33" Arms;-).
He can really
move on the field. His ability to get out and hit smaller targets with help him
a lot. A-P All-American. Nice smooth feet. Changes direction well. Did not look
as good as I thought he would pulling to his left, but he did snap the ball in
drills at the Combine.
Quick feet coming out of snap. Finesse hands. Anticipated a little in mirror
has extremely quick hands and feet in Pass Protection. He really
struggled early against NC ST. Then started to put it together by the 2nd
quarter. Thank goodness he started dominating again. I was worried I didnt
see what I knew I saw. He really struggled against NC ST in the first
half. He some times whiffs on the second level, but when he pulls outside
and hit the DB, he crushes them with interesting impacts. He gets his
hands out a little wide, and does this weird move where he keeps his
elbows out high and tries to turn the DT. It looks like a Hold to me, but
it is never called. He is very effect stalemating the DT when he does
Cooper Vs V-Tech:
only going to do the 1st Half. I won't to finish Sylvester and Cooper
tonight. So I figure a Half each is better than two Halves of one. He is
the Left Guard. He doesn't change positions. He will sometimes Kickstep
out to the edge and help the Right Tackle or the Left Tackle, but
otherwise he is the OLG only. He drops back in nice position. Knees bent
arms up, and the D-Tackle drops on the Zone Blitz (0:01). Here he is popping
out to the right edge on the play action. The ORT Brannon blocks down on
the D-Tackle like it is a run, and Cooper protects the edge. He catches
the OLB easily (0:10). That is a nice block with a lot of intricate
footwork. Watch him pivot to the outside and turn like he is pulling to
lead the RB to the outside. Then stopping and flow easily into PP.
inside nicely on the double team. You can see his hands latched onto the
D-Tackle's shirt, and he isn't letting go (0:21). He is in a two-point
stance on 3rd and long. He makes it look so easy sometimes. Watch him
bring his arms up and into the shouderpads, and they just stop as everyone
else on the lines moves behind them (0:29). This is where he is very
effective. He hops outside the OLT with terrific agility. Then he dives
into the dirt, and appears to miss the cut block (0:38). However, by
diving into the dirt right in front of the outside defender, he blocked
the path of three blockers. That may have been more accidental than on
purpose, but that was a great three for one block.
Tough to see
what happens here. He Seals the D-Tackle to the outside perfectly. However,
he doesn't latch on well enough and the DT escapes and gets in on the
tackle. He doesn't always latch on with consistency (0:49). He blocks the
D-Tackle on the Screen and then tries to sneak out to the flat. The DT
reads it so he tries to Cut him. he doesn't Cut him, but the DT can't
get around his body squirming on the ground (1:00). You can see him here
making the line calls. They had a young QB starting for the first time
this year. So he took over all the calls, and even made the audibles when
they were called in from the sideline. O-Linemen in the NFL have to have the
smarts. He has the smarts (1:08). Then he just stones the guy at the LOS.
When he latches on with his hands and quick feet. The defender cannot chop
Watch the DT shove, fight, and try to go side to side, and Cooper refuses
to let go and keeps shuffling his feet.
This is why
so many scouts see him as a top ten pick. Watch the right jab into the DT. Then
he turns to the rusher engaged with the OLT. Boom! He knocks him to the
ground with his heavy hands (1:23). He just calmly stones the rusher with
his hand, feet, and long arms (1:33). Stones him again, easy as pie
(1:42). Back in the two point stance. Watch this punch. He has such heavy
hands. He punches this guy up, with two jabs, and he goes down (1:51). False
Start (2:01). I like this block here. He is so cute at getting one hand on
an inside rusher, while setting up the outside rusher. (2:15). He stick
his big mitts into the chest of the DT. The OC comes over to help, and he
pops the outside rusher fighting the OLT. I really like how he can spot
the rusher on his sides with the corner of his eyes. That is not easy to
do in a football helmet.
inside the DT on the slant block. He tries to get out to the ILB, but the
DT latches onto him and drags him down from behind. Which worked perfectly
as it was an Option and the QB saw the whole D-Line follow Cooper so he
kept it (2:27). Here he is Pulling to the outside on the Toss. He
catches the LB who got inside the block, and wipes him out (2:36). Nice Seal
block. Then the DT spins to rip Cooper hands off of him, and tries to
break free, but Cooper keeps on fighting (2:46). He's just in the Zone
now. Here he is in a nice hand fight. Punching, jabbing, and countering.
All while sitting perfectly in his pass protecting stance (2:55). This is another
block I like. He burst forward to run block. I think he is much better
suited to a power running team, then these shotgun shenanigans he ran at
UNC (3:07). He gets inside position on the DT, which not easy to do. He
pops him up, but the DT reads it, and is charging down field. So he takes him
out with a nice Cut block.
low, but not low enough as the DT gets under him (3:19). So they try it again with
the quick snap. He gets the job done the second time (3:28). Watch him
get lower this time. The DT dives under him, so he just dives on top and
creates a dam that defenders on the strongside can't get through (3:43). I
really like how he Pulls to his right. He hops outside the LOT, spots the
OLB. Gets his big mitts on with with his arms extended, and drives him to
the sideline. It doesn't; get any better than that (4:03). I'm starting to
enjoy this Tape.
Seals the DT again. You can see his arms extend and his hands latched onto
the shirt as he spins the DT around so effortlessly. The great ones make
it look easy (4:12). Two point stance in pass protection. He just catches
him, and latches on. Reanchors like it is nothing, and doesn't allow him
to move an inch (4:21). The great ones can make it look so easy.
I like how
he sits patiently in his stance after the snap and waits for the big DT
to come to him. He owns the DT now (4:33). He seals him effortlessly. I'm
not sure I need to watch any more, do you? The DT is done. He has defeated
him in the 2nd Quarter (4:44). Well, the DT got pissed and shoved him
down, after he was long beat. Let's see how much fight he has left in him. This
is a terrific block. He hops around the OC and finds the D-End slanting
inside. Watch him punch the D-End up. However, he gets his hands outside
the Pads, which you can see. Then he turns and Seals him with a great
fight (4:53). The DT is barely able to move (5:03). I like how he threw
Cooper down to show a little fight a few plays back, but he is done.
Cooper has taken it out of him.
Trap block on the defeated D-Tackle and collapse the Line. That is another
example of why so many have him as a top ten pick (5:13). Amazing. He
powers the DT back. However, the DT has inside position on him. Then he
just twist him around with great torque from his hands, hips, and feet.
That is all power, leverage, and strength (5:20). That is pure want-to. He
beats the guy into the turf. Okay, let's see if the DT gets some gas at
Halftime. It might just be conditioning.
little chip on the DT, then gets out to the LB nicely, the LB dismisses
he continues to the third level anyway (5:30). I don't know. Either the
coaches are lining him up away from Cooper, or the DT is too scared to get
near him (5:42). Cooper makes a bad decision here. He pops out to the DT
lined up like a 5-Technique, and opens a hole for the two blitzing ILB. He
is to smart to make that mistake.
No the DT
wants nothing to do with Cooper. He tries to avoid him again here, You
have to be impressed with that (5:52). Okay, I'm done (6:01). He wants
nothing to do with Cooper anymore. Cooper has made that guy quit. He has to chase him down field to
block him. What more is there to say after that?
2012 Consensus All-America Selection - Walter Camp, FWAA, AFCA, AP, ESPN.com, SI
2012 Outland Trophy Finalist
2012 First-Team All-ACC and ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy Winner
2012 Lombari Award Candidate
2012 Midseason All-America Selection - SI.com, ESPN.com, Phil Steele, Sporting News
2010 & 2011 Second-Team All-ACC
2012 Senior Season:
Consensus All-America selection Will have his jersey honored in Kenan Stadium Named first-team All-ACC and was awarded the ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy for his standout play in 2012 In has final career game, had a team-best 10 knockdowns and graded out at 93 percent Earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after his performance in the NC State game, his second weekly honor of the year Played every snap and graded out at 90 percent with a team-high 18 knockdown blocks Played all 72 snaps at Duke, grading out at 91 percent with 16 knockdown blocks Earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in the win at Miami Graded out at a team-high 93 percent on 85 snaps, the most offensive plays by UNC since 2003 Finished with 12 knockdowns and had several key blocks on long runs by Giovani Bernard Graded out at 89 percent with 14 knockdowns and helped pave the way for 339 rushing yards, the most for Carolina since 2004 Graded out at a team-best 91 percent on 51 snaps with 10 knockdowns in the win over Idaho Had a team-best 12 knockdowns and no missed assignments in the win over East Carolina Played all 64 snaps at Louisville and graded out at 86 percent with 11 knockdown blocks Graded out at a team-best 88 percent at Wake and registered 12 knockdowns while appearing in all 84 plays of the game Had 12 knockdowns in 53 snaps and graded out at 89 percent in the opener against Elon.
2011 Junior Season:
Earned second-team All-ACC honors for his play at left guard Along with left tackle James Hurst, part of the first Carolina offensive line tandem to earn All-ACC honors since 1993 Started all 13 games Saw action on 864 plays and graded out at 86 percent for the season, good for second on the team Helped pave the way for Giovani Bernard to gain 1,253 rushing yards, the first time a Tar Heel back has rushed for over 1,000 yards since 1997 Finished with a team-best 47 regular-season knockdown blocks Graded out at 94 percent with six knockdowns in the regular season finale against Duke Played all 63 snaps and had five knockdowns at Virginia Tech Saw action on 72 snaps and had three knockdowns against Wake Forest Graded out at a team-best 89 percent with six knockdowns at Clemson Had a season-high seven knockdowns and played all 79 snaps against Miami Played all 54 snaps and graded out at 87 percent against Louisville Played all 61 snaps with three knockdowns at East Carolina Played all 53 snaps and graded out at 85 percent with five knockdowns at Georgia Tech Played all 66 snaps and graded out at 86 percent with four knockdowns against Virginia Had a team-high four knockdowns and saw action on all 58 snaps against Rutgers Graded out at a team-high 88 percent in the opener against James Madison.
2010 - Sophomore Season:
Earned second-team All-ACC honors at offensive guard Started all 13 games in the regular season and played a team-high 875 snaps Has started 23 games over two seasons, missing three games due to injury during his freshman year Led the Tar Heels in knock-down blocks for the second straight year with 55 on the season Graded out at 83 percent for the season, tied with James Hurst for the best mark on the team Played on 74 snaps vs. Tennessee and helped the Tar Heels rush for 151 yards Played all 84 snaps against Duke and had six knock-downs Graded out at 78 percent for the NC State game with a team-best three knock-downs Played all 69 snaps and graded out at 85 percent against Virginia Tech Graded out a team-best 87 percent with four knock-downs against Florida State Played all 71 snaps against William & Mary, grading out at a season-best 92 percent with seven knock-downs Graded out at 88 percent with four knock-downs at Virginia Graded out at 81 percent with four knock-downs against Clemson Had a season-best nine knock-downs against East Carolina Graded out at a team-best 91 percent with seven knock-downs at Rutgers Had a team-high four knock-downs and graded out at 82 percent against Georgia Tech.
2009 - Redshirt Freshman Season:
Named to the All-ACC freshman team by The Sporting News Redshirt freshman that started 10 games at left guard and saw action on 579 snaps Owned a 73-percent grade and a team-best 40 knock-down blocks on the season despite missing three games Tallied two knock-downs at NC State Had a team-high six knock-downs at Boston College Graded at a team-best 81 percent and had three knock-downs against Miami Notched a team-high eight knock-downs and a 77 percent grade against Duke Logged a 75-percent grade and a game-high 10 knock-down blocks at Virginia Tech Graded at 74 percent against Florida State Sat out the Connecticut, Georgia Tech and Virginia games due to an ankle injury but returned to starting lineup against Georgia Southern and posted an 81-percent grade and three knock-downs blocks Logged a team-best 82 percent grade and three knock-downs versus East Carolina Posted two knock-down blocks against The Citadel Redshirted in 2008.
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