Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina
|Result (NFL Combine)||Ranking (DE)|
|Broad Jump||10' 3"||-|
- Off-the-charts athleticism
- Elite size
- Unique blend of size, speed, and strength
- Quick off the snap
- Has the ability to shed blockers quickly and get to the football
- Questionable work ethic
Quinton Coples has just about everything you’d want in a prototypical defensive end. At 6’ 6” and 284 pounds, he has the size to become a dominating defensive end in the NFL. His sheer size alone brings to mind some of the great pass-rushers currently in the league such as Julius Peppers and Jason Pierre-Paul. He is a huge man but possesses a rare blend of quickness, strength, and overall athleticism to be an elite pass rusher.
So if Coples possesses all the intangibles and physical qualities of an elite defensive end, why is it likely that he’ll fall out of the top ten picks? Moreover, why wouldn’t he be #1 on this list? That’s because of his questionable work ethic. While he was at North Carolina, he would have moments where he was unstoppable dominating; other times, he would “disappear” off of the field. His effort while playing runs hot and cold, and that has scared away many teams which would otherwise be interested in his services. If available, I would definitely consider taking Coples #12 overall; his talent is too great to pass on in my opinion. The question is whether Pete Carroll and John Scheider are also willing to take a gamble on such a high risk/high reward player.