Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that defensive end Quinton Coples plans to participate in every drill at next week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. The 6’6″, 285-pound Coples, who is projected by some as a potential top 10 pick in April’s NFL Draft, tallied 55 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles as a senior at the University of North Carolina in 2011.
The Ball Says: Coples was something of a disappointment in his last year in Chapel Hill, leading to questions about his work ethic that Coples may be trying to dispel with a solid Combine after an outstanding showing in last month’s Senior Bowl.
Coples blend of size, athleticism, and reputation for taking plays off has driven comparisons to fellow Tar Heels standout Julius Peppers, and while Coples may not quite live up to that billing he certainly possesses all the physical tools to a formidable pass rusher in his own right in the NFL.
That blend of speed and size also means that he could easily play end in either a 3-4 or 4-3 defensive front, and Coples’ destination will, as is usually the case with Individual Defensive Players, have a significant impact on his fantasy value, especially in redraft formats.
In those formats should Coples land in favorable IDP situation, in a 4-3 defense with early playing time assured (such as with the Jacksonville Jaguars) then it’s possible that he could have Top 20 upside among fantasy defensive linemen, while his IDP redraft value would probably fall into DL3 territory at best should Coples find himself learning a new scheme as a rookie.
Coples value gets a bump in dynasty leagues regardless of scheme, where he will almost certainly be the first rookie at his position chosen in rookie drafts should the chips fall in his favor and even in a 3-4 he won’t fall outside the top three rookie defensive linemen or so.