Raiders, Ohio State product Cooper have mutual interest


MOBILE, Ala. — Ohio State defensive end Jonathan Cooper has been a standout thus far at the Senior Bowl, and he’s clearly caught the eye of the Raiders.

It’s not unusual for team personnel to make contact with top prospects in Mobile. But with the Raiders in obvious need of defensive help, it’s noteworthy who they spend time with this week. Which is why the lengthy conversation they had with Cooper is telling, as he has obviously landed on their radar.

If the interest is legit, Cooper said it is absolutely mutual.

“I would love to be a part of the Raiders, honestly,” Cooper said after practice on Thursday. “I think it’s a great program. It’s a great place. I think they’re going in the right direction, great coaching over there. I would love it.”


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