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Jonathan Cooper 'uncertain' how close he is to contract, says he's 'smarter than the average bear'

FSAZ online had him on as a podcast guest.


Fox Sports Arizona had Jonathan Cooper, the first pick taken by the Arizona Cardinals in this year's draft, on their 101 podcast.

Here is some of what he said:

Listen to the interview using the embedded player below or download the file directly with this link

On the heat:

"It was something I was not accustomed to."

Ob having pressure, being the team's top pick:

"No more outside pressure than the pressure I feel for myself. I'm a competitor and I want to come in and make an impact and compete for a starting job. Of course there's going to be pressure, but I can't let that affect my game plan."

On change in draft calendar:

"I'm glad I was drafted this year." He hated all the waiting around after all the workouts leading up to the draft. Pushing the draft back only makes that wait longer.

On signing his contract with the Cardinals:

He is "uncertain" how close he is to signing it. "I put it in my agent's hands and they kind of do what they do and I play football."

On health:

"I've been blessed that I haven't had anything too serious."

On the intelligence of offensive linemen being smarter than defensive linemen:

"I don't like to generalize, but I like to think that I'm smarter than the average bear."

What the offense will look like:

"It's going to look good...I think you'll be a little bit of everything. Prepare to be surprised, I suppose."

On Bruce Arians saying he isn't a rookie anymore because of the reps he has had:

"No. They've given me an opportunity there's been a lot of work like that, but I feel I have a long way to go and a lot I have to learn."

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