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Jonathon Cooper

OLB

#53

Experience: R

Height: 6-3

Age: 23

Weight: 254 lbs

College: Ohio State

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Biography

Ohio State's extreme depth on the outside prevented the former top-50 overall recruit from seeing action early, but the Ohio Defensive Player of the Year out of Gahanna finally got his chance in 2018, starting 13 games and garnering honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades with 25 tackles, 6.5 for loss, and 2.5 sacks. He played in just four starts in 2019 (six tackles, one sack, one pass breakup), though, leading him to redshirt. He started all eight games for the national runners-up as a senior (24 tackles, team-high 3.5 sacks) to garner third-team all-conference and Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honors. He switched from jersey No. 18 to 0 before his final season to honor former Buckeye Bill Willis. Cooper played in 14 games as a reserve in 2017 (15 tackles, three for loss, two sacks) after playing in six games as a true freshman (six tackles, one sack). He accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl. -- by Chad Reuter

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