BIO: Four-year starter and All-Conference selection as a junior and senior. Posted 68/14/4 last season. Used as a rush linebacker out of a three-point stance.
POSITIVES: Athletic prospect with good size/speed numbers for the next level. Displays good first step quickness, chases hard to get involved in the action and displays a solid head for the ball. Takes good angles to the play, moves well in all directions and immediately alters his angle of attack or redirects to the ballcarrier. Quick locating the ball in pass coverage and shows ability playing in space dropped off the line of scrimmage.
NEGATIVES: Not efficient, lacks control and takes a lot of missteps. Gets caught up in the wash moving laterally and not an explosive defender that flashes on the scene. Must develop more moves to protect himself and slow shedding blocks.
ANALYSIS: Combining both athleticism and football intelligence, Cooper is a hard working prospect with good upside for the next level. Needs repetition playing off the line of scrimmage and must handle a step up in competition yet offers upside potential as a strong side linebacker.