The comparisons started almost immediately after the Arizona Cardinals selected Jonathan Cooper with the seventh overall pick of the NFL draft.
Big, strong, smart and athletic, it was said Cooper has a skill set like Larry Allen, Randall McDaniel, Alan Faneca - two Hall of Famers and one who has a good shot at getting in the first year he's eligible.
That's some lofty company for a player who has yet to play a down in the NFL.
''Honestly, it makes me a little nervous,'' Cooper said during his introductory news conference Friday at the Cardinals training facility. ''It's high expectations and kind of a little bit of pressure, but I also put a lot of pressure on myself and it makes me want to get to work immediately. It's now time for me to earn that, to show that I deserve that high praise.''
The Cardinals believe he has the tools to do just that.
Arizona's biggest need in this year's draft was on the offensive line and when tackles were taken with three of the first four picks,...