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NFL minicamps: Arizona Cardinals work Jonathan Cooper at left guard

In his first action as a professional, he practices where Daryn Colledge plays.

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The Arizona Cardinals started their rookie minicamp on Friday, and it was the first action as a professional for the new draft picks, including the team's top selection, guard Jonathan Cooper.

As noted by Josh Weinfuss on the official team page, Cooper worked out at left guard, where he played while at North Carolina.

Why is this perhaps a surprise?

The team recently released Adam Snyder, who was their starting right guard in 2012. Plus, Daryn Colledge currently starts at left guard.

The Cardinals are expecting Cooper to contribute immediately. That means starting for an offensive lineman.

"I want to work and compete for that starting spot," Cooper said. "I've got a long way to go. From learning my plays to getting in shape to just getting that mindset of being a professional football player. I got a long way to go but I am here to compete for it. I'd love to get that spot."

How this turns out could be interesting. Head coach Bruce Arians has said that he believed that Cooper could play on the right side with no issues. At the same time, Colledge has never played right guard, at least dating back to 2008.

Which poses an interesting question -- do you move the rookie over to right guard to fill the current hole, or do you move Colledge to a position he has never played?

Of course, for Colledge, this could mean he sees the writing on the wall. He is due to make $3.8 million and has a large cap hit on or off the roster.

Some say that Cooper paired up on the left side with Levi Brown could be devastating. At the same time, would moving Colledge create problems on the right side, where the team struggled with Snyder there? Or will Colledge be shown the door if Senio Kelemete or Earl Watford step up and prove they could start?

Which line would you prefer? Brown-Cooper-Sendlein-Colledge-Massie? Brown-Colledge-Sendlein-Cooper-Massie? Or Brown-Cooper-Sendlein-?-Massie?

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