Sunday, April 15, 2012

What If Birds Have The Choice Of Quinton Coples Or Dontari Poe?


Would the Eagles draft North Carolina’s Quinton Coples if he’s sitting there at 15? What if he’s sitting there along with Memphis’ NFL Combine phenom, Dontari Poe?  They need the defensive tackle but can you go wrong with a potentially dominating defensive end like Coples.

They are already pretty well stocked at the defensive end position with Trent Cole and Jason Babin.  But I have to add the caveat that Coples recorded 10 sacks from the defensive tackle position in 2010.  Remember how the New York Giants have made a habit of stockpiling marquee defensive end talents and it’s helped them win two Super Bowls.   The Giants thinking has been that you can’t get too many pass rushing defensive ends.

Coples seems to falling in the minds of a number of NFL experts. Again remember what the Giants did with Justin Tuck in their previous win over Patriots in the Super Bowl.

NFL Network‘s Mike Mayock is very down on Coples right now.  ESPN’s Todd McShay  says there were times in game when Coples “appeared to have a union deal”.  I can understand some of his questions about Coples, but how could you be down on Coples and not petrified at Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

Poe could be there at 15 when the Birds pick just like Coples, but I don’t want them to touch him with a ten-foot pole.

Coples was more productive in college than Poe, who came out of no where to become a star at this year’s NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Poe had a total of 33 tackles in the 2011 season with eight tackles for a loss, one sack and one forced fumble.  In the 2011 season, Coples had a total of 55 tackles with 15 tackles for a loss.  Add to that 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, along with too many quarterback hurries to mention.

“To me, the bust potential is high, and the earlier you take him the more risk there is inherent in that,” Mayock said. “So, for me, Quinton Coples is not even a draftable player.”

Both of these guys have franchise type player potential, but they’re both capable of taking plays off.  Again, if you’re wary of Coples, how could you not be more wary of Poe.

I would rather have Coples rushing the passer on third down from the defensive tackle position as compared to Poe.  Coples has exceptional arm length and quickness at 6’5″ 285 pounds, which would cause nightmares for offensive guards.

To make it plain, I like Coples over Poe.

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