CLEVELAND, Ohio — Former Hoggard High School standout Jonathan Cooper was picked up by the Cleveland Browns this week. The Browns claimed the All-American offensive lineman from NFL’s waiver wire three days after he was cut by the New England Patriots.
The Patriots released Cooper on Saturday as the Wilmington native continues to deal with a foot injury suffered during the opening week of training camp.
The former seventh overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft never got an opportunity to play in New England after he was acquired from the Arizona Cardinals during the offseason.
As of Monday, Football Outsiders ranked Cleveland’s offensive line as the 25th-best pass-protecting unit in the league. If Cooper gets healthy and lives up to his billing as a top-10 pick, there is an opportunity to play his way into the rotation for a group that can use some help, according to Scott Polacek of www.BleacherReport.com.