On Monday, the ACC league office presented their weekly awards. The offensive lineman of the week went to North Carolina Tar Heels guard Jonathan Cooper. According to one NFL expert, the league office isn’t the only one taking notice of Cooper’s ability.
Daniel Jeremiah is a former NFL scout for the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and Baltimore Ravens. In addition to scouting collegiate players, Jeremiah was one. He started at quarterback for Appalachian State for three season. His career has now taken him to NFL.com as a football analyst.
Earlier this week, Jeremiah sent out the following tweet on his @MoveTheSticks account:
“I’ve had three different scouts tell me that UNC OG Jonathan Cooper is one of the best OG’s they’ve ever graded. I’m anxious to study him.”
Considering how many great guards there have been in the NFL — via the NFL Draft process — that statement speaks volumes.
During Cooper’s ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week Award game, he helped pave the way for a dominant rushing attack at Miami. He played all 85 offensive snaps without allowing a sack. The 272 yards for the UNC running backs came primarily off his knockdown blocks.
As the ACC season progresses, keep an eye on Cooper. He’ll be playing at a high level on Sunday’s before too long.