Quinton Coples fits right in with the Jets
The former North Carolina defensive end benefited from defensive tackle Marvin Austin being suspended for the entire 2011 season, but it gave him the shot he needed to propel himself into the NFL.
Couples’ natural position is defensive end which he most likely will be moved back to, but it does give the Jets the option of moving him around the line to confuse the offensive line.
He exploded for North Carolina in 2011 racking up 59 tackles including 15.5 for a loss. He led his team with 10 sacks and earned First Team All-ACC accolades from media and coaches.
The only knock on Coples, many question if he has the explosiveness to make the move to the right side, or quarterback’s blind side.
Fans and media alike may want to compare Coples to former North Carolina star Julius Peppers but he lacks the pure athleticism that Peppers had.
According to Len Pasquarelli, “The early read on North Carolina defensive lineman Quinton Coples is that he is an end, not a tackle, in terms of NFL projections. There were a few personnel people who felt Coples might be able to move inside, but his weight at the Senior Bowl (281 pounds), length, and propensity for playing a big high at times and not always being a leveraged defender, likely make him an end candidate. The sense from a few scouts in Mobile is that Coples will be a 4-3 end, and that, in addition to not being able to play tackle, he is a dubious prospect for a 3-4 front.”
The key for Coples success is to keep him motivated and surround him with a strong defensive staff. He has all the talent in the world but the hype that surrounds him might be too much for some NFL teams.