With the 16th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Rex Ryan and the New York Jets selected Quinton Coples (DE, North Carolina). Coples will bring a menacing presence to the AFC East.
Coples came into the year as one of the highest rated players on scout’s boards. Questions about his motor slid him down some draft boards, but it was still a major steal for the Jets.
Coples played DE and DT while at UNC, and he likely projects at 5-technique in the Jets defense. He’s a solid contributor against the run and has major upside with his strength and length against the pass.
Coples answered many questions this year down at the Senior Bowl in Mobile where he looked dominant vs. many top quality offensive linemen and impressed coaches and evaluators with his character.
To take a player that was ranked in the top 10 on almost every big board all season at 16 is a major coup. The Jets were projected to take an OLB or DE to improve their pass rush, and instead they took a premier inside penetrator. I expect Coples to beef up from his 280 lbs once he gets to the NFL.