2012 NFL Draft: Scouting Quinton Coples, Search for Miami Dolphins No. 8 Pick

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2012 NFL Draft: Scouting Quinton Coples, Search for Miami Dolphins No. 8 Pick
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There is a week to go before the NFL Draft, and it's time for our another scouting report on one of the small core of players that the Miami Dolphins figure to consider with the eighth overall pick.

If you haven't read my scouting report on Stanford guard David DeCastro, please click here.

Today, my attention turns to the highly-talented, but equally enigmatic Quinton Coples, a 6'6", 285-pound defensive lineman from North Carolina.

Coples had 7.5 sacks in 2011, and his press clippings would suggest that either he or South Carolina defensive end/ outside linebacker Melvin Ingram is this draft's top pass rusher.

The downside in drafting Coples would be the perception, justified or not, that he takes plays off and doesn't give maximum effort always on the ones he does take part in.

So, is Coples the next Julius Peppers (another former talented Tar Heel defensive end) or just another physical athletic freak without the drive to succeed?

Let's take a look.

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