Sunday, March 25, 2012
Draft preview series: North Carolina DE Quinton Coples
By Bryan Broaddus and Tim MacMahon
The 11th installment of our draft preview series looks at North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples.
Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 1 defensive end, No. 7 overall
Bio: Two-time first-team All-ACC selection. Finished his college career with 144 tackles, 24 sacks and five forced fumbles. Led the Tar Heels with 15.5 tackles for losses and 7.5 sacks last season. As a defensive tackle in 2010, he had 15.5 tackles for losses and 10 sacks.
North Carolina DE Quinton Coples has the talent to be dominant, but there are some questions about his motor.
Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Miami, Virginia Tech and Missouri games): Usually lined up at right defensive end for the Tar Heals but played some left end, as well, and even some tackle. … If you were to physically draw up with a 3-4 base end would look like, he would be your model. When I worked for Bill Parcells and we were switching from the 4-3 to the 3-4, this was the perfect height and weight that he wanted at end. The first guy that we were able to get like this was Chris Canty from Virginia. … Runs and moves well. Has some initial quickness out of his stance, but he showed some snaps where he got a little tall coming out of his stance and was a little late. … When he was ready to play, he did a nice job of getting up the field. Showed the ability to dip his shoulder and get around the corner. He has a burst to threaten the edge. Can really put some pressure on the tackle when rushing. … Did a nice job of showing some power with a rip move against Miami and also fighting through the double-team block. … There were some questions about his motor and if it ran all the time, but against Virginia Tech showed hustle and effort to chase the ball. … Was very impressive with the way he ran in space. This guy is an outstanding athlete. … Did a nice job of playing with his hands against Missouri both run and pass, but against Miami and Virginia Tech, thought he could have done a better job disengaging with the blocker quicker. … Showed a nice arm-over move that freed himself on an upfield rush against the Tigers. … When he wants to rush, he can be outstanding. He really does have the talent to be dominant, but he doesn’t always play that way. … Mentioned that he played some defensive tackle. If he goes to a 3-4 team, you will see him do more of this in the nickel. His first-step quickness and length would give guards plenty of trouble. Showed the ability to get push inside in the Missouri game. …Will most likely be the first end taken, but starting to hear more and more questions about his effort and intensity, so it will be something to keep an eye on as we get closer to the draft to see if he were to slide out of the top 10.