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Quinton Coples “We Can Be the Number One Defense”

By Alan Schechter

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

In his first press conference, Quinton Coples feels good about the value the Jets got by picking him at number 16.

“They got a great value,” Coples said on Friday afternoon.

The Jets will be using Coples as a pass rusher from the defensive end position. His stock fell when his production fell off during his senior season. Despite the great Junior season, Coples did not want to leave school early.

“I wasn’t ready to become a professional,” Coples said. “I think I played at a high level my junior year, but I wasn’t ready to make the transition to become a professional on and off the field. That’s why I stayed.”

He’s excited to be a Jet under Rex Ryan, and thinks opponents need to be worried about the defense.

“They should be worried about me and Muhammad and (Sione Pouha) in the middle and everyone else behind us,” Coples said. “We can be the No. 1 defense.”

I think we all hope that he is right, don’t we?