The 2012 Phinsider Community NFL Mock Draft continues after these messages. Wait, I think we are going to stay here as, apparently, the Jacksonville Jaguars have turned in their draft card. Now, we await the Commissioner at the podium.
As he heads up there, let's put up the graphic with all the picks so far:
|1||Indianapolis Colts||Andrew Luck, QB|
|2||Washington Redskins||Robert Griffin III, QB|
|3||Minnesota Vikings||Matt Kalil, T|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Trent Richardson, RB|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Morris Claiborne, CB|
|6||St. Louis Rams||Justin Blackmon, WR|
Now, we turn to back to the pick coming up.
Team: Jacksonville Jaguars
And, let's give it to the Commish:
With the seventh overall pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars select:
Quinton Coples, DE, University of North Carolina Tarheels
Height: 6' 6", Weight: 284 lbs.
They really want Claiborne, but he is off the board. They need a legitimate pass rusher. Mincey had 8 sacks, but Coples is athletic and more of a pure pass rusher.
From Walter Football:
Projected Round (2012): Top-15 Pick.
3/14/12: Coples ran well at the Combine, and performed well in the field drills. His stock has stayed in the top 10, but concerns about his motor have allowed Ingram to pass Coples as the consensus top-rated defensive end.
With a lot on the line, Coples used the Senior Bowl to prove that he is an elite defensive end prospect. Regularly, Coples destroyed offensive linemen with a combination of strength and speed. He was a tough run defender while being an overwhelming pass rusher.
In the one-on-one reps, Coples won the vast majority of his battles. He repeatedly and resoundingly beat Florida State offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders. It wasn't even close. Coples also had wins against Georgia' guard/tackle Cordy Glenn. Both of those linemen entered the week in Mobile as potential first-round picks.
Not only does Coples (6-5, 281) possess ideal size and speed, he is a developed pass rusher who uses speed and power to execute a dynamic set of moves. Coples can speed rush to either direction, has a good rip move, a spin move and a bull rush. He just needs to become more consistent.
In 2011, Coples totaled 55 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a plethora of quarterback hurries. He faced consistent double teams, but steadily pressured the quarterback. Coples was strong against the run throughout the season. Against Clemson, one of his better opponents, he played well. Coples had a sack-fumble against quarterback Tajh Boyd on a speed rush versus the left tackle. Coples had another sack on a bull rush through a guard, but a facemask penalty by a teammate canceled out the play.
The senior also had quality games against Miami, Duke, Virginia Tech and James Madison. NFL coaches will love Coples versatility. He rushes well from defensive tackle and also plays well as a five-technique in 3-4 sets.
8/21/11: Quinton Coples took advantage of the season-long suspension of Robert Quinn in 2010. After producing five sacks as a red-shirt freshman in 2009, Coples doubled his sack total last season. He also contributed 15.5 tackles for a loss, 59 tackles and two forced fumbles. Coples has a phenomenal skill set for the NFL. If Coples can come close to that level of production, he should be a top-five pick.
The Miami Dolphins are on the clock.