The Ohio State football team now has two players headed to Denver after this draft. Jonathon Cooper will join Baron Browning as rookies with the Broncos.
Jonathon Cooper is one of the most underrated Ohio State football players in the last few seasons. He was excellent in 2018 when he had 25 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. He also had a fumble recovery that season in what ended up being his best season as a Buckeye.
After five years with the Ohio State football program, he is now headed to Denver. Cooper was the seventh-round pick of Denver and will now join his Buckeye teammate Baron Browning. Cooper became the 10th Buckeye to be drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Cooper doesn’t flash any athletic skills or look real flashy when he plays. He is just in the right place at the right time. He played on the defensive line in college, but will likely have to move to linebacker in Denver. That’s something he’s been working on since the 2020 season ended.
As a seventh-round pick, he will have his work cut out for him once he gets to Denver. He is going to have to work his butt off to just make the team. Cooper will likely have to play special teams to make Denver’s squad, which is something he did at Ohio State as well.
Cooper always seemed to make big plays when he was in Columbus. If he can do the same thing in training camp, he can make himself a rotation guy in Denver. He will have to learn fast at a position he didn’t play in college, but he will likely come in just for pass-rushing scenarios.
I really hope Cooper can succeed in Denver. He was one of my favorite Buckeyes on the 2020 team. His work ethic is second to none. I bet he makes the team and makes a difference out there.