BLACKSBURG, VIRGINIA - NOVEMBER 17: Quarterback Logan Thomas #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies is tackled by defensive end Quinton Coples #90 of the North Carolina Tar Heels at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Coples had been linked to the Seahawks for weeks leading up to the draft.
With the 16th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New York Jets have selected Quinton Coples, a defensive end out of North Carolina. Coples had been a popular target for the Seahawks in the run up to the Draft, but their trade in the first round ended any chance of them getting the talented DE from UNC.
Sports Illustrated's prospect scouting database provides a succinct analysis on Coples as a prospect:
Coming into the season Coples was justifiably rated as one of the best senior prospects in the nation. He's an impressive looking athlete who plays big and fast, disrupting plays from all angles. He offers the underlying skills to be a dominant NFL performer if he's willing to pay the price and play at a high level on every snap..
The Jets next pick is the 15th selection of the 2nd round, 47th overall.
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