Broncos OLB Jonathon Cooper has elite mentors in Denver – Broncos Wire

The Denver Broncos have hit the jackpot at outside linebacker multiple times over the last decade.
Von Miller was a slam dunk pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Shaq Barrett was an undrafted gem in 2014, the same year Denver landed coveted free agent DeMarcus Ware. Bradley Chubb was a great pick in the 2018 draft. Malik Reed was an undrafted gem in 2019.
This year, the Broncos found another gem — Ohio State’s Jonathon Cooper — in the seventh round of the NFL draft. He’ll now get to learn under Miller, Chubb and Reed, arguably one of the best pass rushing trios in the NFL.
“I’ve learned a lot from [Miller and Chubb],” Cooper said on Aug. 21. “They’ve been great mentors to me. Any question I have, they come with a great answer. Whether it’s coaching me up on my stance, whether it’s coaching me up on some pass rush. And with Malik Reed too, all three of those guys I look up to as big brothers. I’m just trying to gather as much information as I can from all of them to make myself better.”
That mentorship has yielded great results so far. In three preseason games, Cooper totaled seven tackles, two tackles for losses, two quarterback hits, two sacks, one pass breakup and one forced fumble.
Cooper looked great in preseason and he appears to be a lock for the 53-man roster. Denver’s trend of OLB success should continue this fall.

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