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Wilmington's Cooper expected among top picks in NFL Draft

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Tonight NFL teams shape their future as the league kicks off the first round of its annual draft.

The league has announced increase security for day one in New York. The NFL says everyone entering Radio City Music Hall will be subject to screening measures. That includes Wilmington's own Jonathan Cooper.

Back in 2008, Cooper capped a stellar career at Hoggard High School by signing a letter of intent to play at the University of North Carolina.

The offensive lineman garnered All-America honors during his senior season, and Cooper may not be waiting in Radio City Music Hall for long. He is expected to be the first player from Wilmington selected in the first round since Roman Gabriel in 1962.

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