February 9, 2012 – 12:22 pm
North Carolina pass rusher Quinton Coples looked like a man among boys at the Senior Bowl by most accounts. Many draft prognosticators have him off the board no later than the seventh pick (Jacksonville)… until now.
NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter has Coples making it all the way to the Bills with the 10th pick. Here’s what was written.
Pick No. 10 QUINTON COPLES DE North Carolina
The Bills have had to switch between the 3-4 and 4-3 defenses the past two years due to injuries and ineffectiveness. Coples could play in either system, using his strength to hold the point and offer some pass rush as a strong-side 4-3 end, or serving as a nice foil to fellow five-technique Marcell Dareus in the 3-4.
In terms of body type Coples reminds some of another UNC product in Julius Peppers. The blemish on Coples resume is his motor, but with vets on Buffalo’s defense that hold players accountable like Shawne Merriman and Kyle Williams, one would think he’d be pushed to perform on every play. He’d be an awfully nice fit as a pass rusher in Buffalo’s new 4-3 scheme.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has Coples as his top rated DE.
Tags: 2012 NFL draft
, Kyle Williams
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, Quinton Coples
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