Photo of Quinton Coples
Drafted By: Jets
  • Round 1
  • Pick 16
  • Overall 16

Combine Results

Grade
88.0 ?
  • 4.78 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 31.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 109.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.57 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.78 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Mayock's take: "I did not like his senior year tape. I've been highly critical of him. However, he showed up at the Senior Bowl and showed he could play like Julius Peppers. What I think Rex Ryan is going to love about this guy is that you can line him up anywhere along the front."

  • 6'6" Height
  • 33 1/4" Arm Length
  • 284LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands

Overview

Coples was on the radars of NFL scouts long before the 2012 NFL Draft. Coples possesses a rare combination of size, speed, athletic ability and versatility, having played numerous roles across the defensive line. Some have questioned his consistency, but Coples still has been able to produce at a high level. He has, at times, seemed to be on cruise control, teams won't be able to ignore his natural ability and the physical presence he would bring to any defense. He can play defensive end in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, and should be selected early in the first round.

Analysis

Strengths

Coples has speed, power and a massive frame, making him an uncommon prospect for the defensive line. He can trigger off the line of scrimmage, using his strong hands and overall girth to rush the passer. While he doesn't have an array of pass-rush moves, his pure power allows him to be disruptive and productive. Quinton plays the run very well for a tall, athletic pass-rusher, and has successfully defended the run both inside and out. His strength and body control let him stay up through double-teams and continue to make plays towards the ball. His footwork is just slightly above average for his size, but he overcomes this with a natural ability and understanding of how to leverage the point to overcome a would-be blocker. This will make him attractive to teams that run a 3-4 scheme, because they can mesh Coples on the line to both rush the passer and be a stout run defender. He has undisputed first-round athletic ability for his size.

Weaknesses

Coples' motor was the only question mark throughout his collegiate career. At times, he disappeared from the action. While he is a great interior player, Coples didn't see much action outside the box and his lateral movement can be an Achilles heel for him when running down plays. There are also question marks surrounding his ability to use his hands, and his ability to ignite his feet and hips to make quick-twitch plays. He can seem as if he's moving in slow motion at times.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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