Instead, they went with Coples, a big-time talent who raised eyebrows after a senior season at North Carolina during which his effort and motivation were questioned.
"(Rex) told me that if I were still there, he was definitely going to take me," Coples said during a conference call, according to The Associated Press. "I'm just thankful he was a man of his word."
Jets fans at Radio City Music Hall didn't seem enthused about the move, as Coples was met with a mix of boos and cheers.
At least Coples can rest easy knowing one teammate is all in.