Former Ole Miss star Laremy Tunsil got most of the headlines surrounding the Rebels’ offensive line over the past two seasons, but he wasn’t the only Ole Miss offensive tackle to hear his name called in Chicago.
Offensive tackle Fahn Cooper was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Saturday. He was the 174th overall pick.
Cooper’s stock rose significantly last season when he filled in for Tunsil, who missed seven games after he was suspended due to violations of NCAA rules, at left tackle for Ole Miss.
At 6-foot-4, 303-pounds, Cooper’s a better run blocker than he is in pass protection, but he has the length to improve in passing sets. He put up decent numbers at the NFL combine, posting a 5.17 40-yard dash, 19 repetitions on the bench press and a eight-foot, six-inch broad jump. Cooper improved on his bench press and broad jump at his pro day, getting 24 reps on the bench press and posting nine-feet, eight-inches on the broad jump.
Cooper began his collegiate career at Bowling Green before transferring to a junior college prior to signing with Ole Miss. Consistency was a bit of an issue for him during his time with the Rebels, but he started all 26 games during his career at Ole Miss, including nine total games at left tackle.
His biggest weakness is his ability to move laterally with ease, but he’s got a good football I.Q. that can help overcome some athletic deficiencies.