Draft Stock: Coples will probably be the first defensive end taken off of the board in the upper half of the first round..
The top two ranked defensive ends are two almost completely different prospects. Quinton Coples is the prototypical 4-3 defensive end, which is perfect for the Jacksonville Jaguars, but while he has so many question marks going into the draft. He has all of the tools to be a dominant defensive end, which has drawn comparisons to fellow UNC alumnus Julius Peppers, but it is the mental aspect of his game that is the most enigmatic. However, we will get into all of that as we go farther into the article.
+ Talented Pass Rusher
Coples has played almost every position on North Carolina's defensive line. He has the natural frame for a defensive end, being 6-6 with freakishly long arms. That makes him a tough person to fully contain, especially if he's properly motivated. Even if someone manages to hold him on a block, he could still corral a running back.
- Lacks Burst
He has straight-line speed, but he doesn't really show much burst. I think that he is probably going to be a LDE in this league that anchors the run and cleans up scrambling QBs. Unless he shows some freakish burst, I doubt he will be come a premier pass rusher.That also means that he shouldn't be drafted in the Top 10.
- Derrick Harvey Syndrome
Coples admitted that he didn't put forth his best effort during his senior season. If he goes on cruise control during the most important season in his college career, what will he do once he starts drawing a check at the NFL level? I just fear that some team, like the Jacksonville Jaguars will overdraft him, expecting him to become a stud and instead they get a scrub, just like Derrick Harvey.
8 total tackles (5 solo, 3 assisted), 1 sack 1 forced fumble against the Virginia Tech Hokies. He was pretty slow throughout the first half, and he looked a bit faster at the end of the 2nd Quarter and started making a few plays in ther second half. you'll notice at about 4:40 where held the point of attack and then used his long arms to wrap up and strip the running back of the football. On the sack, the left tackle was pretty slow on his step back and was he was left grasping at air like he was throughout most of the game.
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