North Carolina Guard Jonathan Cooper could fill a big void on the Dallas Cowboys O-Line. Will he be available though at No. 18?

NFL Draft 2013: Dallas Cowboys Should Keep Eye on Jonathan Cooper


Most people will say go after the best available athlete on the board when the NFL Draft finally rolls around Thursday at 7 p.m.

Others will say to stay strong to your needs and draft accordingly.

I say, take what you can in order to make your team the best it can be for not only the next year, but for years to come.

In that case, the Dallas Cowboys should keep an eye on North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper.

There are a lot of mock drafts out there projecting a lot of different things, and most have Cooper gone before the Cowboys can pick at No. 18.

That means nothing. If Cooper is available he needs to be taken immediately.

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Cooper, an interior offensive lineman, has a lot of upside. I wouldn’t quite compare him to Larry Allen, but I will say this, he will make a great pairing for a long while with third-year man Tyron Smith.

The First-Team All American is bulky. His long legs are tough for a guard, but with his quick feet and long arms allow him to keep interior defensive tackles at bay.

According to scouts, Cooper is a tough pass blocker and a quick run blocker when it comes to getting to the second level. His quick hands allow him to get on the inside of his opponent quickly to gain leverage.

He would fill a very important void on the offensive line for Dallas. Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau will not do the job. The Cowboys need a consistent and powerful force in the middle of the offensive line.

In my simple opinion, Tony Romo will silence a lot of people if Jerry Jones and the bunch can clean up that Swiss-Cheese O-Line they have.

As the draft gets closer, keep your eyes on Cooper, a steal at 18, but based on needs early, he could still be available.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/avieryboone Aviery Boone

    it better be cooper or this draft is busted!

  • http://twitter.com/OldFrog75 Old Frog

    I hope we get Cooper but if we trade down and end up with Warford and Reid (and then someone like Dallas Thomas later) I’d be real happy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thundermjohnson Matt Johnson

    If the Cowboys don’t land a top-flight Offensive Lineman or Safety in the first round, the 2013 draft is useless.