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Quinton Coples Scouting Report

Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Height: 6’6″
Weight: 284


  • Great height, length, and bulk
  • Outstanding athleticism
  • Explodes off the ball
  • Moves well in space
  • Stout at the point of attack and is a solid run defender
  • Naturally strong and packs a violent punch
  • Array of pass rushing moves and is able to come off the edge or inside on stunts/slants
  • Powerful tackler that punishes ball carriers
  • Outstanding in pursuit and has great range
  • Great production
  • No injury history
  • Still has considerable upside


  • Senior-itis – Played not to get hurt this year
  • Not an elite pass rusher from the edge, lacks a speed rush
  • Motor runs hot and cold causing inconsistency
  • Needs to learn to use his hands better to disengage from blockers
  • Comes out of his stance too high at times, causing him to lose leverage

NFL Comparison: Calais Campbell

Quinton Coples was a two year starter for the Tar Heels. Coples has a lot of versatility as he’s lined up at DE, DT, and even stood up at times for the Tar Heels. He’s got great athleticism and could play DE in an even or odd front in the NFL as well as DT in a 43 or possibly even OLB in a 34. Coples had 17.5 sacks in two years as a starter, 10 of which in his monster junior season. Coples needs to be committed to a single position and polish his game but he’s got immense upside. Coples was at his best as a junior when he was stunting and shooting gaps from the inside which suggest his best position might actually be as a three or five tech but he should be given every opportunity to start on the outside.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles TFL Sacks FF
2011 13 55 15 7.5 3
2010 13 59 15.5 10 2
2009 12 22 6.5 5 0
2008 12 8 3.5 1.5 0

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