2012 NFL Draft - Pick 16: Quinton Coples, DE, New York Jets

by Nicholas Minnix on April 26, 2012 @ 19:02:09 PDT


The New York Jets selected North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples with the 16th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

New York Jets DE Quinton Coples
Coples brings strength to Jets' DL

Fantasy Analysis: The Jets needed to upgrade their ability to rush the passer in any number of ways, and Coples addresses that area. There are questions about the consistency of his effort, but he's a huge talent and fits as a 3-4 end in Rex Ryan's defense.

Ryan could certainly prove to be the man to get maximum return from Coples, assuming he doesn't rub the youngster the wrong way. The UNC product is a forceful pass rusher, if not a creative one, and a capable run stuffer.

Coples could contribute in fantasy football IDP leagues right out of the gate. Barring his clear buy-in of the Jets' program and some impressive preseason play, however, he wouldn't be more than a late-round flier or a waiver pickup. Ends in 3-4 alignments often take a little time to contribute, statistically, of course. He should help to improve New York's DST standing.

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