Here are some reactions from around the web to the Jets picking Quinton Coples:
Pick Grade: B+
This wasn’t my highest rated pass rusher available, so I don’t really like the pick but Coples has a chance to be an elite pass rusher and the Jets are going to try to capitalize off of his immense upside. A decent pick in the middle of the first round.
Coples is an interesting fit for the Jets because at 6-6, 285-pounds, he’s got the frame to win on the edge as a five-technique vs. the run game, as well as add some athleticism to their pass rush. He’s a smooth, long-armed power player who makes everything look very easy. Coples adds a lot of versatility to the Jets’ defensive front seven, especially on passing downs.
NFL Ceiling: Julius Peppers
NFL Floor: Career underachiever who doesn’t like up to skill set
Pick Analysis: Mayock’s take: “I did not like his senior year tape. I’ve been highly critical of him. However, he showed up at the Senior Bowl and showed he could play like Julius Peppers. What I think Rex Ryan is going to love about this guy is that you can line him up anywhere along the front.”
DE Quinton Coples, selected by the Jets 16th overall, brings youth and a big body to the front four. Able to play DE in the Jets’ base 3-4, he can also rotate to the inside in a 4-3 alignment. The selection of Coples marks the second straight year the Jets have picked a DL in the first round. In 2011 they selected DL Muhammad Wilkerson from Temple, who had a strong rookie year.