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Quinton Coples Selected by New York Jets in 2012 NFL Draft: Jets 101 Roundtable

April 27th, 2012 at 2:00 PM
By Donald Lappe

The New York Jets selected North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Was it the right pick? The Jets 101 team gives their take on the selection in a crucial draft for the franchise.

Do you like the selection of Quinton Coples? Why or why not?

Peter Schifani: If the Jets can coach up his work ethic then the upside is they get a prototypical end/edge rusher which they so desperately need.

Chris Tripodi: I like the pick, but I don't love it. Coples is a good prospect with great upside at a position of need, but I don't think his upside is that much greater than Melvin Ingram, Courtney Upshaw or even Chandler Jones that it outweighs the risks. Coples has the potential to be a steal at the 16th pick, but he could also turn into the next Vernon Gholston.

Mario Scipioni: I don't like the pick. Coples is good, but Melvin Ingram and Courtney Upshaw would've made better picks in my opinion. I feel they have more of what the Jets need in a good pass rusher for years to come.

Don Lappe: I wasn't thrilled when I heard Roger Goodell announce Coples as the pick. I had been hoping that Ingram would get to the Jets and after breathing a sigh of relief after Ingram's name wasn't called in the first 15, it was a bit of a letdown to not hear him get picked by the Jets. After stepping back and thinking about the kind of athlete Coples is and hearing that the Jets plan to use him back on the left side of the defensive line, where he was extremely productive as a junior at North Carolina, I've warmed up to the pick.

Were there any players on the board the you thought the Jets should have taken over Coples, or at least deserved consideration?

Peter Schifani: Since Melvin Ingram was still available, I thought the Jets would have considered him a better fit despite his shorter arms.

Chris Tripodi: Once Mark Barron was off the board within the top 10 it became obvious the Jets were going with a pass rusher, especially when Michael Floyd went off the board. I would have taken Ingram, whose versatility and higher floor gives him an advantage over Coples. I also don't understand the fall of Upshaw, an excellent football player who will be effective in whichever
system he lands.

Mario Scipioni: Melvin Ingram or Courtney Upshaw should've been their pick. They were the best available.

Don Lappe: Ingram is the name that sticks out. I agree with points about Upshaw, I'm surprised he fell al the way out of the first round, so there's even a chance he could be in the mix tonight.

What do the Jets need to do on day two(rounds two and three)?

Peter Schifani: In the second round they address a need at safety with George Iloka or offensive tackle with Bobby Massie.

Chris Tripodi: I know the Jets already drafted Coples, but why not trade up to one of the first few picks in the round and take Upshaw? The Jets don't have an outside linebacker on their roster who projects to be on the team long-term, so it wouldn't be a wasted pick considering the talent Upshaw has. If the Jets stay put, I would like to see them add a receiver like Stephen Hill or Rueben Randle if available.

Mario Scipioni: In day two, I hope to see the Jets take a look at safeties and offensive linemen.

Don Lappe: The Coples pick creates an interesting situation. The Jets obviously aren't all that high on Upshaw, but can they pass him up in round two? While Coples is an edge rusher, he's not going to be used at outside linebacker, so the Jets still could address that area. Need dictates that safety and offensive line should be the targets, but the Jets have shown that they want to select the prospect they consider the best available player. 

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Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, Courtney Upshaw, Football, George Iloka, Melvin Ingram, New York, New York Jets, NFL, North Carolina, Quinton Coples, Roger Goodell

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