NFL Draft: ACC roundup

  • Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 11:49 p.m.
Jonathan Cooper, from North Carolina, stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected seventh overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Jonathan Cooper, from North Carolina, stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected seventh overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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The ACC roundup ...

TEMPE, Ariz. — As one tackle after another was taken ahead of them, it seemed the Arizona Cardinals’ bid to land much-needed help on the offensive line was dwindling.


Turns out, they were just as happy taking a guard as a tackle, particularly one with the skill set of North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper.

Arizona bolstered its offensive line by taking Cooper with the No. 7 overall pick of the NFL draft Thursday night, adding an athletic guard who can pass protect and pull out ahead of running backs in the ground game.

An athletic 6-foot-2, 311 pounds, Cooper has the quickness to get out on the edge as a pulling guard in the running game, but also has the power and skill set to pass protect.

Cooper was an Outland Trophy finalist for the nation’s best lineman, was a consensus All-American and was voted the ACC’s best blocker.

MORE UNC

CINCINNATI— Gold medals in track and field. A whirlwind time learning a new sport from a video football game. A piano recital with a bunch of 6-year-olds.

As Estonian Margus Hunt recounted his meandering path to the NFL, new Cincinnati Bengals teammate Giovani Bernard listened and marveled.

“By the way, I’m learning so much about this guy right now,” said Bernard, the first running back taken in the draft. “He’s a track and field star, gold medal, piano player. Go ahead — I’m learning a lot.”

• HOUSTON — The Houston Texans have chosen North Carolina offensive tackle Brennan Williams in the third round of the NFL draft.

Williams was taken with the 89th overall selection Friday night.

The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Williams earned honorable mention All-ACC honors last season despite missing the last four games after shoulder surgery. His father, Brent Williams, was a defensive end in the NFL from 1986-1993 with the Patriots, Seahawks and New York Jets.

N.C. STATE

ASHBURN, Va. — Cornerback David Amerson grabbed 13 with North Carolina State to lead all FBS players in 2011; he was taken in the third round on Friday night.

• PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles selected safety Earl Wolff in the fifth round.

Wolff, a 5-foot-11, 209-pound strong safety, was chosen Saturday with the 136th overall pick.

Wolff was a first-team All-ACC player as a senior. He had 19 tackles, two interceptions, and eight passes broken up.

WAKE FOREST

Wake Forest fullback Tommy Bohanon wasselected in the seventh round by the New York Jets.

Bohanon, a 6-2, 245-pound fullback, made 22 career starts includingall 12 games in 2012.

He is the first Wake Forest fullback drafted since Ovie Mughelli went in the fourth round to the Baltimore Ravens in 2003. Bohanon is also just the third Wake Forest fullback to have his name called in the draft, joining Mughelli and Neil MacLean who was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958.

CLEMSON

HOUSTON — When DeAndre Hopkins heard recently that Andre Johnson wanted the Houston Texans to draft a receiver in the first round of the NFL draft, he thought: “I’m that guy.”

On Thursday night, the Clemson star got his wish when the Texans selected him with the 27th overall pick to play alongside Johnson.

Hopkins can’t wait to play with Johnson, a six-time Pro Bowler.

“It’s going to be an honor,” Hopkins said. “It’s going to be great learning from a veteran.”

The Texans have long lacked a top-tier receiver to play opposite star Johnson, who turns 32 this summer. In Hopkins, they hope they have another star.

• TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals have added a second running back in the draft, selecting Clemson’s Andre Ellington in the sixth round.

Ellington was the 187th overall pick.

The 5-foot-9, 199-pound Ellington was first-team All-ACC after finishing with 1,081 yards rushing, 232 more receiving and nine total touchdowns.

Though undersized, he has good quickness and speed, and has shown an ability to run inside.


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