We have an extensive network of team coverage here at Fansided, both at the Pro and Collegiate level. As such, I wanted to bring you guys some expert insight regarding our newest pass rusher, Quinton Coples. Who better to bring us that insight than Matt Hamm, the editor of keepingitheel.com, the fansided site covering North Carolina University sports. Take a look at what he had to say:
Quinton Coples is versatile and can fit into almost any defensive scheme. Coples was primarily a defensive end at Chapel Hill but slid inside to tackle and played very well when the team was decimated with injuries at the position.
His lack of motor is overstated. Coples finds himself distracted against lesser opponents and sometimes plays to his competition and disappears for stretches. When Quinton is rushing the passer, or engaged in a play, his motor is actually very good. Coples is a skilled pass rusher with excellent hands who can get to the QB in a hurry. Very athletic, and quick off the ball, Coples possesses all the tools to become a big time rusher in the NFL.
As long as Coples comes into the league and works hard to understand the playbook early, and keeps his head in the game, he has the potential to be one of the best in the league. The best defensive lineman to come out of UNC since Julius Peppers, comparisons to Peppers may be a little bit unfair but his ceiling is as high as any defensive lineman in the draft.
It sounds like the only thing to worry about is concentration. We’ve had that problem with the Jets before, playing down to the competition. It will be on Rex and the staff to keep Coples motivated. If it can be done, it sounds like the sky is the limit.
Our sincere thanks to Matt Hamm for the insights.