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NFL draft: Jets select defensive end Quinton Coples at No. 16

April 26, 2012|By Sam Farmer
  • North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples is big on talent but some scouts question his effort.
North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples is big on talent but some scouts… (John Bazemore / Associated…)

No. 16 New York Jets: DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina –- Coples collected a combined 17 1/2 sacks the past two seasons, lining up variously at end and tackle. He has been compared favorably to Julius Peppers but also criticized for not going hard on every play. “"You know, I'm a big guy. I'm a long-strider, things of that nature, so where it may come fast to me in a game, on film it's slowing down a little bit,” Coples explains. “People have their own opinions. Some people don't even think it was a problem."

Comment: Scouts have questioned Coples’ motor, but the Jets like what they saw – and they need big help in generating a pass rush.

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