All, this morning I was surfing the NY Times website and reading different articles in the Sports section (also a great article on Derek Jeter). On the Fifth Down blog which I think is typically the best (ie. most intellectual and well thought out points) of the NYC Media sports coverage, there was an EXCELLENT article comparing Quinton Coples with Giants phenom Jason Pierre Paul.
While the concerns that most of you have is that he seemed to mail it in during his senior year (which quite frankly, I am happy he did - as otherwise he is a Top 5 pick and no way he falls to us at 16). Plus I really don't think that is a major concern with him considering the turmoil that happened at UNC over the past year plus. Just think to your own personal lives - if you are in a situation that is spinning out of control and you are not happy or do not see a possibility of true success - you subconsciously start to mail it in. This is not a concern of mine with Coples. I think him sliding in the draft to the Jets is a blessing in disguise for not only the Jets, but for Coples as well. I would not be surprised to see him end the season with 12+ sacks and a strong consideration as Defensive Rookie of the Year under Rex, Mike and Dunbar.
In any event, in the Fifth Down blog comparing QC and JPP - the author highlights the work of a Dr. Jene Bramel who is a staff write at Footballguys.com that is an absolutely fascinating read on the comparison of QC and JPP. And while Bramel confirms what everyone already knows (incredible athleticism, incredible size/speed combination) the only concern that he seems to have with QC is his sometimes lazy technique where he doesn't stay low and gets poor pad level. This lack of technique is what he thinks will keep him from becoming a beast of an NFL pass rusher.
Well, with Rex, Mike and Karl Dunbar as his coaching staff - I have very few concerns that QC is going to quickly develop and refine his overall technique under their tutelage, both in practice and in film study.
With that I leave you with the links to the following 3 part series on QC which I think is informative and a very worthwhile read for everyone; from the defensive masterminds like Crackback to the draft/scouting gurus like Tinley and David Wyatt and John B to the casual football fan (the rest of us!). I think this will make you both excited about the possibilities of QC in green and white and quickly calm your nerves about his selection at 16. \
Quinton Coples, Part 1: The Importance of Pad Level
Quinton Coples, Part 2: Pad Level and The Pass Ru