Before They Were Pros: C Jon Cooper

Before Jon Cooper became an undrafted rookie center for the Minnesota Vikings, he was among the prospects trying to increase his value at the NFL Scouting Combine. See what Cooper had to say during a media interview at the Combine.

On if he's still having issues with his dislocated ankle from 2005 …

"No, I haven't had any issues with that since my freshman year."

On the pride he takes in making 43 starts for the Oklahoma Sooners …

"I take a lot of pride in it. Just because you go somewhere to play the game, you don't go to sit the bench. That was my goal from Day 1 there, to play as many football games as possible."

On how he originally got on the field …

"I played in my first game of my freshman year, against TCU, but my first start was against Texas A&M that year."

On if he played the 2005 without a penalty …

"Yes, I think so.''

On if Colorado was ever an option for him …

"I looked at them. They were going through some tough times. They didn't know if they were going to be suspended and anything like that. I looked at them, but it was tough, a tough situation."

On what sort of an NFL tradition his hometown of Fort Collins, Colo. has …

"(Former Fort Collins football coach) Tom Monty was my high school football coach and his son, Pete Monty, played in the league for a while, so I looked up to him. He always talked about him. I always looked up to my brothers too because they played at Fort Collins too.''

On if he can get bigger …

"I think I can put on another eight pounds or so. I played at about 285 last year."

On if any NFL teams have asked him about playing guard …

"They've been talking about it from a versatility standpoint because the more you can do, the more your stock goes up. You're always going to say yes when they ask you. I'd play tackle, kicker, defense whatever."


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