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Everything Edgerrin Cooper had to say during his Q&A at the 2024 NFL Combine

Texas A&M linebacker Edgerrin Cooper is solidifying his first-round grade after a productive first few days at the 2024 NFL Combine. His stock has risen with a top-five time for a linebacker with a 40-yard dash time of 4.51.

He spent a portion of his time answering questions from the media from everything about his hobbies to the future of the SEC conference. Cooper confirmed that he’s spoken with the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cooper exploded back onto the scene his junior year (redshirt) with an All-American season where he ranked in the Top 10 in sacks and tackles. NFL analyst Lance Zierlein is comparing him to Devin Lloyd and is a good project.

Highly physical linebacker with elite top-end speed and a burning desire to get to the football that can lead to some inconsistencies in his play. Cooper is average at diagnosing the run but takes off around traffic on a mission to find the ball-carrier once he sees it. He can be undisciplined playing his run fits and takes unorthodox paths downhill, but he somehow finds ways to slither around blocks and make challenging tackles. Cooper is a punishing hitter/tackler from any spot on the field, but he’s going to overshoot the mark from time to time due to his lack of control in pursuit. He’s a capable quarterback spy, can blitz the pocket and will be an instant hit on special teams, but teams will need to balance the inconsistencies with the passionate run-and-hit mentality.

Below are some of the quotes from Cooper Q&A.

Edgerrin Cooper explains what he can bring to an NFL franchise as a player

Sep 2, 2023; College Station, Texas; Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Chantz Johnson (23) and linebacker Edgerrin Cooper (45) react to a play during the third quarter against New Mexico Lobos at Kyle Field. Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

“Coming to any NFL team I like to bring accountably and developing relationships with my teammates. I feel like if everybody’s on the same page if we all on one mission.. to complete a mission together so I feel like if we do

that … I just like to bring everything to the table”

Cooper is enjoying the process and have good meetings with multiple teams

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“It was great. I’m having a great time all my meetings everything’s going you know a lot of teams are showing a lot of interest and it’s a good thing for me and I’m just focusing taking it one step at a time”

When asked what he could bring to the Dallas Cowboys he talks about his versatility

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 17: Edgerrin Cooper #45 of the Texas A&M Aggies tackles Tyler Van Dyke #9 of the Miami Hurricanes after a pass during the second half of the game at Kyle Field on September 17, 2022 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Jack Gorman/Getty Images)
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” just being versatile, being used in any different ways whatever I need to do I feel like I could do it”

Cooper tells us who gave him the most trouble during his college career

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Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

“The guy that I had to guard that was pretty tough for me was

(Jahmyr) Gibbs. My junior year he gave me a pretty rough time. he’s a great incredible player”

Edgerrin Cooper looks up two some of the best and hope to model his game after theirs

Sep 23, 2023; College Station, Texas; Texas A&M Aggies linebacker Edgerrin Cooper (45) sacks Auburn Tigers quarterback Payton Thorne (1) during the first half at Kyle Field. Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

“Physically wise you know Ray Lewis and you know moving

wise Fred Warner for sure you know I feel like we got similar body types and I just like to watch how he moves and you know how he just gets off blocks you know just try to pick up little games like that”

He won't get to play Texas or OU but he gave his thoughts on them entering the SEC

Nov 24, 2011; College Station, TX; General view of the lone star showdown logo on the field before a game between the Texas A&M Aggies and Texas Longhorns at Kyle Field. Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

“Wish it happened I was there but it it’s going to be

exciting. I’m ready to see college football this season know a lot

of changes and stuff going on so it’s going to be pumped to see that”

Story originally appeared on Aggies Wire