Pro Career: The Cardinals first-round selection (7th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft, Cooper suffered a broken leg in the team’s third preseason game of 2013 and he missed his entire rookie season. Played in 10 games (two starts) in 2014.
2014: Appeared in 10 games and started two games at LG after missing entire rookie season … made his NFL debut vs. SD (9/8) … saw action on two plays on offense @ NYG (9/14) … active but did not play the next four games … played one snap on offense as an eligible lineman vs. Phi (10/26) … saw action on special teams as part of the kicking unit in the next three games … appeared for five snaps on offense as an extra lineman @ Sea (11/23) … played 40 snaps on offense @ Atl (11/30), seeing time at RG early in the game and then taking over at LG when Paul Fanaika left injured in the second quarter and Ted Larsen moved to RG; helped Cardinals hold Falcons without a sack on 39 pass plays; the fourth time on the season they held opponent without a sack … made first career start at LG and helped Cardinals rush for 141 yards on 33 carries vs. KC (12/7) … started again and blocked as Cardinals allowed just one sack and ran for season-high 143 yards on 33 carries @ StL (12/11), their second consecutive game with over 140 yards rushing … inactive (wrist/knee) vs. Sea (12/21) and @ SF (12/28) … inactive (wrist/knee) in Wild Card game @ Car (1/3/15).
2013: Suffered broken leg in the preseason game vs. SD (8/24) and was placed on injured reserve on 8/30.
College: Started a school-record 48 games for the Tar Heels at LG and finished his collegiate career as one of the most highly decorated linemen in UNC history … a three-time All-ACC selection, Cooper earned first-team All-America honors as a senior, when he was also named the recipient of the 2012 Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best lineman in the ACC … in each of his four seasons, led the team in TD resulting blocks (56) and knockdowns (235) each year … as a senior in 2012, started all 12 games at LG and became UNC’s first consensus All-American first-team selection since DE Julius Peppers received the honor in 2002 … one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman … also earned All-ACC first-team accolades, and he was the recipient of the league’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy … candidate for the Bobby Bowden Student-Athlete of the Year Award … recorded a 93% grade for blocking consistency, which was the best for any interior lineman in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks in ’12 … posted a career-high 93 knockdowns and 18 TD-resulting blocks, while leading a front wall that paced the ACC and ranked ninth in the nation by allowing only 11 sacks … closed out his career by having his jersey honored in Kenan Stadium … started all 13 games as a junior in 2011 and earned second-team All-ACC honors for his play at LG … joined LT James Hurst as the pair became the first Carolina offensive line tandem to earn All-ACC honors since 1993 … helped pave the way for RB Giovani Bernard to gain 1,253 rushing yards, the first time a Tar Heel back rushed for over 1,000 yards since 1997 … finished with a team-best 47 knockdown blocks and 14 TD-resulting blocks for a unit that averaged 393.2 yards in total offense per game … earned second-team All-ACC honors after starting all 13 games and participating in a team-high 875 snaps as a sophomore in 2010 … led the Tar Heels in knockdown blocks (55) and TD-resulting blocks (12) for the second straight year, as his pass protection skills aided UNC to rank 26th in the nation with an average of 264.0 yards per game … named to the All-ACC freshman team by The Sporting News in 2009, as the redshirt freshman started 10 games at left guard and saw action on 579 snaps … owned a 73% grade and a team-best 40 knockdown blocks to go with 10 TD-resulting blocks.
Personal: Attended John T. Hoggard (Wilmington, NC) High School where he earned All-State honors as he helped lead the team to a perfect 16-0 record and the state Class 4-A Championship as a senior … achieved the rare feat of being voted Conference Player of the Year in 2007 as an offensive lineman … rated the eighth-best player in the state of North Carolina by Rivals.com … also a standout heavyweight wrestler … earned a degree in Communications and was the recipient of a 2013 ACC Postgraduate Honorary Scholarship after spending every semester on the dean’s list.