Fahn Cooper, the man who quietly filled in for Laremy Tunsil during his NCAA suspension last season, has been selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the second to last pick of the fifth round (No. 174 overall)]. That makes him the fourth Ole Miss player to come off the board: Tunsil went No. 13 overall to the Dolphins, Laquon Treadwell went 23rd to the Vikings and Robert Nkemdiche went 29th to the Cardinals.
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Cooper was a two-year starter at right tackle for the Rebels after transferring in from a JUCO (he originally signed with Wake Forest out of high school) and was one of the few consistencies on a Rebel line that's seen a lot of shuffling over the past couple of seasons. He lacks the elite athleticism and footwork of his ballyhooed linemate, but brings size (6'4, 303 pounds), length (34 3/4-inch arms) and a gritty toughness.
Cooper also brings versatility. He played left tackle for three years at Bowling Green and junior college and had to flip to the left side multiple times in Oxford—two starts when Tunsil was injured in 2014 and seven starts during Tunsil's suspension last season. When Cooper spoke with Red Cup Rebellion last month, he told us teams were even looking into him as a guard.
"I just feel like people see me as a guy with the physical ability to play in the NFL and that I can fit into just about any position," Cooper said. "I think I can fit into any scheme. At Bowling Green and at junior college, I was working more out of a three-point stance and we liked to pound the ball a lot more. And then being at Ole Miss the last two years, we liked to spread it out and pass the ball, always out of a two-point stance. So I had a mix of both and I feel like I'll be comfortable either way."
Cooper impressed coaches and scouts during the East-West Shrine Game and followed that up with a solid showing at the NFL Combine. Here are his numbers from Indy:
|40-yd. dash||Bench press||Broad jump||3-cone||20-yd. shuffle|
|5.17 sec.||19 reps||102 in.||7.85 sec.||4.89 sec.|