Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Coples compliments Jets' chef
By Rich Cimini
North Carolina DE Quinton Coples, attending the NFL Play 60 Football Festival Wednesday in Manhattan, was asked about last week's visit to the Jets. He gave a rather unusual answer.
"I met Rex (Ryan), I met the GM, everybody was great," Coples told ESPNNewYork.com. "I got a chance to see their beautiful facility. I had great fun there. I got treated well and they had great food -- some great chefs."
The food? That's what you remembered about your visit? Coples couldn't recall what he ate, except to say there was a lot to eat and he ate plenty.
Coples is an intriguing prospect. He's a terrific athlete with great size (6-foot-6, 284 pounds), but many scouts believe his play slipped last season. Some say he coasted, trying not to get hurt. In 13 starts at LDE, he led the team in tackles-for-loss (15) and sacks (7.5). In 2010, his numbers were slightly better -- 15.5 and 10.
Coples doesn't agree with those who say he declined.
"Not at all," he said. "I definitely played well."
Coples said the Jets didn't ask specifically about last season, "just everything that went down at Carolina." He said Ryan told him they'd "use him all over the place" in the Jets' 3-4 front -- namely DE and OLB.
"I'd be great," he said. "I'd fit in their system."
Coples, his stock slipping, could be available with the 16th pick. He's the ultimate risk-reward pick. If I were the Jets, I'd pass.