The Jets used their first round pick to draft a big, extremely athletic defensive end who has been questioned about his work ethic and desire to play football. No, we aren’t talking about Vernon Gholston…we are talking about UNC defensive end, Quinton Coples. Coples is a very big man, checking in at 6’6″, 284 pounds. Coples has the prototypical 4-3 defensive end size which obviously doesn’t help the Jets’ 3-4 defensive scheme. Questions are already starting whether Coples has the ability to cover tight ends in Ryan’s scheme. Coples watched his sack total decline from 10 in his junior year to 7.5 in his senior year. 

There’s no doubt that the Jets needed an edge rusher. Coples was apparently the second rated defensive end on the Jet board behind Bruce Irvins who went to Seattle a pick earlier. With questions already starting about Coples’ characters, Jet defensive leaders must set-up and quickly acclimate him to their scheme. I don’t love this pick for the Jets and I preferred new Patriot defensive end, Chandler Jones. Only time will tell, but on the surface, this pick has a lot of comparability to Vernon Gholston–and that’s not a good thing.