Why the Fuss Over Melvin Ingram vs. Quinton Coples?

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Apr 22, 2009; New York, NY, USA; ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. during the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

There has been a lot of discussion of the Jets first choice on Thursday night, Quinton Coples. Especially from the gentleman pictured to the right, Mel Kiper Jr, ESPN draft “expert”. Melvin Ingram was available. Why didn’t the Jets choose Melvin Ingram? Coples is such a large risk compared to Melvin Ingram.

I have loved the pick since the Jets made it, so I began to wonder, am I wrong? Did the Jets screw this up? So I did some research, and I still don’t get what the big deal is.

First I thought, look at his statistics. Maybe Ingram significantly outplayed Coples, so let’s see.

Granted, Ingram had more sacks (10.0) in 2011 than Coples (7.5). But look at the totals from 2009-2011. Ingram, 20 sacks. Coples, 22.5 sacks. Am I wrong? This is a higher total for Coples, right?

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