New York Jets Had an Excellent Draft, Despite the "Experts"

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Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell introduces defensive end Quinton Coples (North Carolina) as the 16th overall pick by the New York Jets in the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-US PRESSWIRE

Earlier, we put up a post that rounded up some of the grades for the New York Jets draft around the web. As you go through it, many of the “experts” graded the Jets with Cs and Ds. There were a small sampling of Bs, must mainly the low grades are what we saw. The more I think about it, the crazier I think these “experts” are. Here are some of the reasons why.

First, we talk about Quinton Coples a bit. Many of the same people that questioned this pick, actually equate this guy’s ability to Julius Peppers. I ask you this Jets fans, if the Jets just chose the next Julius Peppers, would you be upset? I think not.

There is all this talk about Coples’ motor. He takes plays off. His production dropped from his junior year to his senior year, which granted, is true. But, let’s talk about that a second. First, you can’t say for sure that he took plays off. You can guess by looking at film, but the only person who knows whether Coples took plays off is Coples. Nobody knows what is in a guys head.

Second, could there be another reason that his sacks dropped off? I don’t know, maybe the teams that played him in his junior season, worked harder to block him as a senior. Maybe the coaches, what’s the word, watched tape? Quite possibly teams worked hard to stop him and it worked. Just a thought, Mel Kiper, among others.

Finally on Coples, look at his stats. Over his final 2 seasons in college, he racked up 17.5 sacks. If you do the whole porportion and cross multiplying we all learned in grade school to project that in 16 games, it comes to almost 11 sacks. Who remembers the last time we had double figures in sacks from a guy? I don’t, and I would certainly take it from this guy who “takes plays off”.

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