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 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

NFL Draft Prospect Quinton Coples Visits With The Rams

North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples is one of the top prospects entering the 2012 NFL draft. He could be picked as high as the top 10.

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Quinton Coples Visiting St. Louis Rams

North Carolina defensive lineman Quiton Coples is expected to be a top 10 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by most experts, so his visits with NFL teams picking in the top 10 are starting to begin. The schedule for Coples includes a visit with the St. Louis Rams, who currently hold the No. 6 pick, according to a report by Adam Caplan.

The Rams have been looking for pieces to add to their defense at both defensive end and defensive tackle. Coples would seem like a fit because he has the ability to play defensive tackle and both defensive end positions in the NFL, and is a similar player to a player the Rams flirted with in free agency in Jason Jones, a player that new head coach Jeff Fisher is very familiar with.

For more on Quinton Coples' visit with the St. Louis Rams, check out SB Nation's Rams blog Turf Show Times and SB Nation St. Louis. For more on the NFL Draft, be sure to check out SB Nation's Mocking The Draft.


Quinton Coples Visiting Panthers, According To Report

Quinton Coples, a likely top 10 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, is visiting with the Carolina Panthers today, according to a report by Scout.com. The Panthers are currently slated to pick No. 9 in the draft and are expected to pick a defensive lineman.

SB Nation's latest Mock Draft has Coples going to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 7, but the 6-foot-6, 284-pounder would fit nicely in Carolina as well. Mocking the Draft considers Coples to be the 11th best prospect in the draft, but the top defensive lineman available.

Coples has so far done nothing to hurt his stock during the NFL Combine and workouts. He ran a 4.78-second 40 and bench-pressed 225 pounds 25 times. He's coming off a season at North Carolina in which he had 15.5 tackles for a loss and seven sacks. He finished his collegiate career with 144 tackles and 24 sacks.

For more on the Panthers' draft plans, be sure to check out Cat Scratch Reader.


NFL Combine 2012: Quinton Coples, Melvin Ingram Impress In Drills

North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples is expected to be a top 10 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and he did nothing in the drills to damage that belief. The 6'5", 285-pounder ran an unofficial 4.72 40-yard dash, including a 1.63 10-yard split. By comparison, the 1.63 10-yard split is just 0.03 seconds slower than the 10-yard split of Oregon Ducks running back LeMichael James.

Coples also put down a 31.5" vertical jump, which is about average. Adding that do his 6'6" frame means he can block a lot of passing lanes like he did in the Senior Bowl. Coples recorded an 8'9" jump in the broad jump.

SB Nation's Mocking The Draft thought Coples looked like more of a 4-3 end than a 3-4 end in his drills.

I felt that Quinton Coples struggled a little bit with stiff hips. But he's a long guy that typically do struggle with that sort of thing. I don't think he'll be picked by a 3-4 team. I see him as a 4-3 defensive end.

South Carolina's Melvin Ingram also looked very fluid in his drills, running a 4.66 40-yard dash after measuring in at just over 6'1" and 264 pounds. Ingram also put up 28 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press while looking very nimble and athletic in the stand-up drills, furthering the belief that he can play in the NFL either with his hand on the ground or standing up.

For news and information regarding the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For more on the 2012 NFL Draft, check out SB Nation's dedicated section and Mocking the Draft.


2012 Senior Bowl: Quinton Coples Among Those Impressing Early

Going into the 2012 Senior Bowl, the unanimous opinions of scouts, including SB Nation's own Alfie Crow, who has been in Mobile, Ala. as a correspondent, has been that North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples is the best NFL prospect in camp. His performance in the game has reinforced that line of thinking, as his effort has led to sacks, disruptions and flags whenever he's been on the field. The offensive lineman on the North squad haven't been coming close to handling him.

Other players on the South team who have impressed are Zach Brown, Janoris Jenkins and Casey Hayward, who had great coverage on an interception late in the half against Kirk Cousins. Brown and Jenkins are projected as high draft picks, if not first-rounders, and have looked like the most athletic players on the field when they've been out there.

On the North side, playing for the team that's up 13-6 at halftime, the most impressive player has been Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead, who has been dynamic on punt returns. He's just 5-foot-9 and around 180 pounds, so he's undersized to be a running back at the next level, but he had two returns in the second quarter that went for 30+ yards and showcased his vision, cutting and straight-line speed. WR Devier Poseyhas shown impressive speed, but has a bad drop and made a bad play on Hayward's interception. QB Russell Wilson has looked good at times, showing a better arm than Kellen Moore, but has made some questionable throws when he was sitting comfortably in the pocket.


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