2012 NFL Draft: Analyzing the Quinton Coples Pick and Looking Ahead to Day 2

Sam QuinnContributor IIIApril 26, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26:  Quinton Coples of North Carolina holds up a jersey as he stands on stage after he was selected #16 overall by the New York Jets in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Let me be the first to say "welcome to the Jets," Quinton Coples. We're thrilled to have you.

I absolutely love the Coples pick. He's a top-five talent and the Jets snagged him at No. 16. That's just pure value, and you can rarely argue with that in the draft. 

Coples didn't put up elite numbers last year, but he had stretches where he looked like a future All-Pro. He's an all-world athlete on the defensive line and should be able to take on even the best linemen the NFL has to offer.

What I like most about Coples is his versatility. The Jets can line him up at defensive end or outside linebacker in their base 3-4 defense and move him all over the field in special packages. My guess is that the plan is to start him as a linebacker and see where it goes. 

You have to wonder about the future of some current Jets after the Coples pick, though. If the Jets intend to use Coples as a defensive end, could Mike DeVito be on the trade block? What about Calvin Pace? I think someone in getting traded now, especially given the current need for cap space. 

Now let's look forward to Day 2. Plenty of first-round prospects slid into the second round. Courtney Upshaw, Jonathan Martin, Andre Branch and Cordy Glenn are all guys that could interest the Jets. 

The Jets have to decide what positions must be addressed early. Running backs started to come off the board with the last two picks of Day 1, so if the Jets are interested in LaMichael James of Oregon they might have to take him in Round 2. 

Plenty of receivers are still on the board. Alshon Jeffrey would appear to be the best fit because of his size, but don't rule out hometown kid Mohamed Sanu from Rutgers. The Jets have worked him out and love his hands and potential as a possession guy. 

My guess is that the Jets ignore receivers on Day 2. I think they know Braylon Edwards isn't signing anywhere any time soon, so unless they've fallen in love with someone and are waiting to see if he falls, then my guess is that they're targeting Edwards. 

My prediction for both of tomorrow's picks? I'm gonna say Jonathan Martin and LSU safety Brandon Taylor. Both fill big needs at right tackle and safety, and both would be solid values for where they would be taken.