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Xaiver Cooper

Post by RAIDERRED » Mon Apr 27, 2015 5:58 am

Fourth-year junior from Tacoma, Wash. "Quick 3-technique dude," one scout said. "Very athletic. Gets on the edges with his feet and lateral quickness. He can get off on the snap and create havoc. The whole thing will be, does he have enough arm length (31 ½) to separate himself from the bigger blockers? He can be stout." Started 34 of 36 games, finishing with 121 tackles (31 ½ for loss) and 13 sacks. "Kind of a jack of all trades, master of none," another scout said. "Had a really good pro day. Needs to win with quickness. Needs to get stronger."
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Re: Xaiver Cooper

Post by RAIDERRED » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:56 pm

Strengths

Three-year starter including his final 34 games
Position and scheme versatility
Impressive athleticism and agility for his size
Explosive first step and initial burst of the snap
Low pad level and rip move very effective in gaining leverage
Has a knack for forcing ballcarriers back towards help
Closes quickly when he sees a play to be made
Relentless in his pursuit to the ball

Weaknesses

Top heavy frame with overall average length
Does not possess elite strength at the position
Occasionally runs himself out of the play
Often times neutralized if he does not win with first move
Initial punch can be powerful, but remains inconsistent
Needs to wrap up and finish more plays in the backfield
Had notable struggles against zone read plays, especially on the edge
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Re: Xaiver Cooper

Post by RAIDERRED » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:56 pm

The draft stock of Washington State DT Xavier Cooper is on the rise and should continue to trend upward into the spring. On his path to the NFL Draft, Cooper had to overcome a severe learning disability and academic struggles. The redshirt junior has turned himself into quite an intriguing prospect.

This 6’3”, 293 pound defensive lineman displays terrific athleticism for his size. An explosive first step paired with an innate ability to time snap counts is the reason opposing teams will find him in their backfield for much of the game. Cooper plays with ideal pad level and is impressive in his use of the rip move. His passion for the game shows up on tape in the form of relentless pursuit to the ball.

Cooper lacks elite strength typical for the position, relying mostly on his quickness to beat the man in front of him. With some added strength, Cooper will be able to finish more plays at the next level - one of his biggest weaknesses on tape. His frame appears a bit top-heavy and his lack of length is part of the reason he is inconsistent holding up at the point of attack.

Xavier Cooper played all across the defensive line during his collegiate career. His large frame suggests that he could fit the role of a 3-4 DE but his skill set would be best utilized as a penetrating 4-3 DT. The former WSU Cougar should find a home on Day 2.
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Re: Xaiver Cooper

Post by 34yearsnow » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:05 pm

Word is he won't get past Detroit in the 2nd round...they want to pair him with Ngata.

His short arms bother me. That's one trait that's hard to over-come.
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Re: Xaiver Cooper

Post by RAIDERRED » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:00 pm

Strengths

Between playing him out of position as a 5-Technique and running so many stunts, Cooper didn’t have much of a chance to show what he can do. As 1-gapping 3-Technique, which is where he would play as a Cowboy, he flourished.
When Cooper was allowed to pin his ears back and shoot a gap, he showed flashes of being a productive player. He also flashed impressive burst — check his 10-yard split — and very active hands. When he did, he was disruptive on a high percentage of plays.
In 2013, Cooper was blown off the ball against Oregon’s power runs. In 2014, he showed the ability to beat those double teams at times and at least hold his ground somewhat. He appears to accept coaching well.

Weaknesses

While he did show improvement against the run, Cooper still has a long way to go. Because he has relatively short arms, he often lets blockers into his body and has trouble disengaging. He also shows a weak anchor and must get stronger.
Cooper is still inconsistent with his technique as well. He sometimes fires off too high and immediately puts himself at a disadvantage. He also needs to develop some pass-rushing moves beyond a mediocre spin.
He often found himself in position to make a play yet missed the tackle. Disruption is production (as rotoworld draft writer Josh Norris often says), but too many NFL running backs and quarterbacks can do too much damage on broken plays. He must improve the way he finishes.
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Re: Xaiver Cooper

Post by 34yearsnow » Thu Apr 30, 2015 4:33 pm

What he brings: He's a very effective interior speed rusher with his quickness, but he struggles to get pressure when the offensive lineman is able to lock on. He's a disruptive run defender with excellent range, but he needs to win with quickness.
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