2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: EDGE Jonathon Cooper

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There’s something in the water in Columbus with these pass rushers. I don’t know what it is, but they’re a different breed out of Ohio State. Cooper isn’t the next Chase Young or Bosa brother, but he is a breath of fresh air to study in 2020 after a high-ankle sprain bogged down his 2019 campaign. Cooper was one of the pass rush spark plugs for the Buckeyes defense this year and turned in quite an impressive year, showcasing speed to power, urgent hands, refined counters, and a persistent motor in pursuit. Cooper isn’t the most explosive, he isn’t the longest, and he isn’t the most powerful, but Cooper absolutely made the most of his decision to redshirt the 2019 season and return this year by becoming a more fluid and complete player. Cooper projects favorably as a designated pass rusher and in a system that features savvy stack linebackers behind him—perhaps even an NFL starter.

Ideal Role: DPR (designated pass rusher).

Scheme Fit: Single-gap penetration front, odd/even flexible.

Written by Kyle Crabbs

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Kyle Crabbs

Director of Scouting

Kyle Crabbs is the Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.

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