Tyneil Cooper NFL Draft Prospect

Tyneil Cooper (#24) played cornerback at Dixie State University. Cooper grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. Cooper attended La Salle Academy where he played football for three years and was an All-State track runner. Cooper graduated high school in 2013 and earned All-State Honors both junior and senior year. During his high school career, Cooper played wide receiver, kick return and punt return. TyNeil Cooper 2
Cooper started his collegiate career playing football at Dean College. While at Dean, Cooper appeared in four games where he recorded 7 tackles. Transferring to Grossmont College in 2015, Cooper appeared in 8 games where he recorded 17 tackles, one interception, and three kick off returns for 62 yards. Cooper decided to transfer to Dixie State where he would finish his collegiate career. At Dixie State, Copper appeared in and started 9 games in 2016, as a junior, where he earned All-RMAC First-Team Defense, logged 33 tackles, 9 pass breakups, and blocked an extra point against Central Washington. Cooper said, “the experience I had at Dixie State was like a dream come true for me because I barely had any offers and Dixie was one of the couple schools whom took a shot on me and it has honestly made me into the young man I am today.” In 2017, Cooper finished the season with 28 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 interception for 65 yards, 8 pass breakups, and 9 punt returns for 93 yards.
Cooper said his toughest matchup came against Colorado Mesa’s receiving core. Cooper explained by saying, “they were solid as a whole and had pretty good depth between the 1’s and 2’s.” During that game the top receiver for Colorado Mesa was Josh Brown with 54 yards and Cooper went on to total 4 tackles while also only allowing 106 total yards through the air. Cooper had to prepare for all different matchups throughout the game and was able to adjust well and make plays throughout the game. TyNeil Cooper 3
Cooper is currently preparing himself for Pro Day as the NFL Draft is quickly approaching. Cooper said he would like to focus on his speed and explosiveness as he prepares himself for the next step. Cooper said, “I know I’m going to have to run a fast 40, my goal is to get into the high 4.3 low 4.4’s and just test well in all of the tests such as the shuttle and vertical.” He Mentions that his trainers have been spending extra time on his explosiveness so he can have a good performance come pro day. Cooper has the athletic ability and potential to become a good defender in the NFL due to his size and vision.

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