Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
The latest Mel Kiper mock draft has the Dallas Cowboys looking for help along the offensive line.
People have plenty of opinions on Mel Kiper and his ability to scout and create accurate mock drafts. But, it's the silly season, so we'll indulge in a little mock draft madness. Who does Kiper have the Cowboys drafting with the 18th pick? An offensive guard.
Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
Analysis: The Cowboys had an uneven season on the offensive line, and Cooper will provide an upgrade immediately. This is a complete guard, a player who is exceptional at delivering blocks and moving in tight quarters, and he moves extremely well for the position. He can deliver an initial blow to eliminate an interior defender and then move easily to the second level where he can line up linebackers and safeties and block in space.
In all honesty, I wouldn't mind a pick like this at all. If the pick isn't a need on defense to fill out the new 4-3 defense, I'm more than happy to invest along the offensive line. If Dallas can't solve its issues with that unit then anything else may be futile.
Here's a brief scouting snippet on Cooper from CBS Sports:
Cooper is a smooth, coordinated athlete with fluid footwork and outstanding balance, blocking well on the move and constantly getting to the second level. Cooper lacks overpowering strength and needs to cut down on the penalties, but is an extremely effortless mover with explosive quickness in tight quarters. With an impressive senior season, Cooper, who is almost fully recovered from January shoulder surgery, could be the first offensive lineman out of North Carolina to be drafted in the first round since 1987 (Harris Barton).
You can also read a detailed article on Cooper, here.
The East-West Shrine Game preparations are well-underway. SB Nation is covering the practices, here. Also a video about some of the prospects.