By Maurisse Johnson
This year draft was moving along at a torrid pace with teams making their selections quicker than commissioner Roger Goodell could make the announcements. As the Jets sat and waited for some of the picks above their 16th slot to unfold they most have been pretty smitten to see Quinton Coples slide down past #10. Many considered Quinton Coples at the beginning of the college season as the #2 or #3 prospect in all of college football.
That’s saying a lot when Andrew Luck and Griffin on the board. And with the Jets penchant for trading up many were also surprised that they didn’t panic and trade up for a player they coveted. Instead this year’s patience paid off as each one of the top rated DE’s and projected OLB’s were still available.
Ingram, Upshaw, Jones and Coples were all on the board at 16. The Jets to the surprise of many at MSG and some sportscasters alike were a bit perplexed to the selection of Coples. Many chanted for Ingram who was seen on many a mock draft as a possible Jet selection. Even former Jet Ray Lucas considered the pick an ill-advised selection. But if you’re a NFL insider (scout, coach, etc.) the pick makes a lot of sense. Why? Well if you look at Ingram and Upshaw they are both college DE’s who had great production.
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