by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Texas A&M Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight - Texas A&M, Linebacker, Edgerrin Cooper
Name- Edgerrin Cooper
Team- Texas A&M
HT/WT- 6’3” 230 lbs.
Home – Covington, LA
Cooper went to Covington High School and was a consensus 4-star from three major outlets. He was the no. 10 prospect in Louisiana and tallied 85 tackles,10 tackles for a loss and a sack during his junior year.
He redshirted in 2020 after playing in all 10 games, mostly on special teams. In 2021, he saw his playing time increase and played in 12 games, starting one. He was fourth on the team in tackles with 58 and also added 0.5 sacks.
Last season, Cooper played in 11 games, with 8 starts and once again finished fourth on the team with 61 tackles for the Aggies.
So far this season, Cooper has been a dominating player for Texas A&M. He has started all 7 games and has accumulated 45 tackles and has 6 sacks already for the Aggies. He had a huge performance against Alabama with 11 tackles and 3 sacks.
Cooper is an instinctive player who does a good job at getting inside leverage on offensive lineman and controls them once he does. He is athletic and fights consistently through blocks while keeping his eyes in the backfield. He never gives up on plays, even when they are on the other side of the field, chasing the ball carrier till the whistle. He excels at tackling in the open field and does an efficient job at breaking down mechanically to bring down a runner. He is explosive at pass rushing and can beat interior linemen with his speed.
Cooper is built more like a safety and at 225 lbs. he gets lost in traffic at times. He relies too much on his speed as his only weapon as a pass rusher and will need to add pass rushing moves to his repertoire. He will bite on play actions and struggles at times in coverage due to his aggressiveness. He may not have the overall strength to be as effective at the NFL level.
Frankie Luvu is a good comparison to the type of linebacker Cooper can become. Luvu was an undrafted free agent out of Washington State who has transformed himself into a tackling machine for the Carolina Panthers. Cooper has a bit more athleticism than Luvu but will have to gain some strength and muscle to have the career Luvu has had.
Cooper has another year and could use it. His numbers early in 2023 have sent him up draft boards, so a big decision will have to be made at the end of the season. Draft 412 sees him as a later round draft pick that may be better suited playing next season at school.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 6th round or 7th round