The 284-pound Coples ran a 4.78 and showed good burst during drills, and he has the length (33 1/4-inch arms) and upper-body strength to control blockers in a two-gap scheme. That strength didn't show up as much as his athletic ability at the combine, but Coples did an excellent job controlling offensive tackles during an outstanding Senior Bowl week.
It wouldn't affect his grade much either way, but you can't help but be impressed by the way Kuechly exceeded expectations in Indianapolis. After some timing discrepancies and trouble with the start on his second attempt, Kuechly was eventually credited with a top-five time of 4.58 in the 40, and was also in the top five in the short shuttle (4.12), three-cone (6.92), broad jump (10-3) and vertical (38).
McShay also called former UNC linebacker Zach Brown "the most athletic linebacker in space," and wrote that, "Florida State's Nigel Bradham (6-1 7/8, 241) also tested well, placing in the top 10 among linebackers in the 40 (4.64), vertical (37) and broad jump (10-1), and putting up 24 reps on the bench." McShay said the fact that former Miami LB Sean Spence only put up 12 reps on the bench was "somewhat alarming," and his other results were about average.
Check out McShay's full article for more notes on several former ACC players.