That is not the position he wants to be in.
Coples, for most of the year, was rated as the best defensive end prospect heading into the draft, but other players have surpassed him for various reasons.
In 2011 he was switched to right defensive end and faced left tackles, usually the most elite offensive linemen. Coples' numbers dropped off as he finished with seven (??) sacks and 15 tackles for losses; and according to cbssportsline.com, Coples, generally considered a top-10 prospect, picked up a reputation as a guy who didn't go as hard as he could on every play.
Can Coples make scouts take a second look at him? Can he prove he is better than coaches think? Can he make himself into the pass-rushing demon he once was?
Time and effort will tell. These are the reasons why Coples can be the best and a great NFL player.
Is he Greg Ellis? Is he Julius Peppers? Is he Lawrence Taylor?
Who knows. Let's just hope he is Coples and that would be pretty good.
North Carolina has produced some solid pass-rushers over the years and this one is no exception.
History dictates he will be pretty darn good.
If someone tells an athlete they cannot do something, you know all that does is serve as motivation to prove them wrong.
So many people have Coples all over the board. If he is truly to be the prospect he can be, then he will have to show everyone he is committed to being the best player in this draft.
He is 6'6" and for a pass-rusher, height means everything.
He can see over the offensive line and smaller players on the opposition. If he looks intimidating, then that already clouds the judgement of the offensive line.
That also strikes fear in your opponents.
When he was at his best, there was no one better.
His game is complete, when he plays at such a high level.
Look for him to come out on fire and try and establish the line of scrimmage and get to the quarterback.
If he is feared early on, he will develop a reputation for be a disruptive force.
Lawrence Taylor had Bill Parcells.
Bryan Cox had Don Shula.
Someone like Marvin Lewis or Andy Reid would do wonders with this kid.
All that it takes is the proper motivation and then, look out.
If he were to fall out of the top 10, maybe the idea that he has fallen would make him want to be better.
Or if he were to land somewhere like the Cowboys, Philadelphia or even New England, it may be the best place for him.
Coples has talents that could be perfect for playoff-bound teams needing more pass rush in their rotations.
Regardless of the "tweeners" and the "hybrid" pass-rushers, he is still the biggest one of the lot.
This means he should have some inkling of how good he is and how good he can be.
If he can turn the engine on and keep the motor running, he will make some team very happy. He is a double-digit sack master waiting to happen.