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April 24, 2012

Panthers visit ex-UNC DE Quinton Coples

KS4oj.St.138Panthers coach Ron Rivera and general manager Marty Hurney were in Chapel Hill on Monday to meet with former North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples, a league source said Tuesday.

The Panthers own the ninth overall pick in this week's draft and have a number of needs, the majority of them on defense.

The Panthers could be interested in Coples at 9, or possibly later in the first round if they trade the pick. The Panthers remain open to trading back to acquire additional picks.

Last year when the Panthers had the No. 1 overall pick, Rivera traveled to Atlanta to visit Cam Newton and his family days before the draft. Rivera said he wanted one more face-to-face meeting with Newton before the Panthers decided to draft him.

But with the ninth pick, the Panthers have to be flexible and can't zero in on one particular player. They had all of the top prospects in Charlotte for visits, including Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon, Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox, Boston College LB Luke Kuechly and Coples.

Hurney and Rivera have talked about the importance of pass rushers and defensive backs in a league and division featuring elite quarterbacks.

The Panthers had 31 sacks in 2011 – the same total as 2010. Defensive end Charles Johnson had nine sacks, but no other player had more than four.

Coples, a 6-6, 290-pounder from Kinston, is projected anywhere from No. 7 to Jacksonville to the middle of the first round in most recent mock drafts.

Coples became the first UNC defensive end to earn consecutive all-ACC honors since Julius Peppers in 2000-01. But Coples' sack total dropped last season when critics say he took plays off and was more concerned about staying healthy for the draft.

Coples said the drop in production stemmed from moving to the right side, where he faced opponents' left tackle, traditionally a team's best pass-blocker.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on April 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

Comments

Nooooooo

Posted by: GhostOfXmasPast | Apr 24, 2012 11:19:54 AM

Trade back and take best available in the first. Then take Jenkins in the 2nd.

Posted by: Mark | Apr 24, 2012 11:30:49 AM

Yes! This guy is a BEAST!!

Posted by: Bubba Sparx | Apr 24, 2012 11:40:44 AM

nice tat. what a butch davis thug

we don't want any more unc heels on teams in CLT, that has ruined the bobcats. Peppers was awesome but this guy is far from that. Every heel on the butch teams is a head case thug.

Posted by: slim shady | Apr 24, 2012 11:43:31 AM

I don't the Boobcats have any Tar Heels on the roster...they do have 2 worthless ex-Blue Devils...both are thugs...on the worst NBA Team in history. Move this team to Seattle as far away from Charlotte. Lol...

Posted by: Bubba Sparx | Apr 24, 2012 11:53:50 AM

Not a thuggish tat its a brand from a prestigious fraternity many famous people have like MJ for instance and the guy is a freak of nature on the fb field we need the pass rush as far as butch Davis program goes he taught young men how to play the game taking money doesn't make you a thugs it makes you a struggling college student

Posted by: john | Apr 24, 2012 12:15:15 PM

I agree with John 110%...UNC just got caught...Ohio State/Southern Cal/Miami got caught as well...they'll be others...Auburn got off the hook. Florida/Alabama will have their day as well...

Posted by: Bubba Sparx | Apr 24, 2012 12:21:04 PM

Bubba Sparx: dumb comment. He's apart of a VERY prestigious fraternity (Omega Psi Phi). It's a brand worn by every member from Shaq to Jesse Jackson. Know your history before you label someone as a "thug" IDIOT. Also, I think this could work out to be a great pick-up if we trade down and get him late in the 1st. I don't think we should take him at 9 though. Way too much talent still out there at that pick.

Posted by: Q-Psi-Phi | Apr 24, 2012 12:25:31 PM

Sorry not Bubba Sparx. Meant for slim shady

Posted by: Q-Psi-Phi | Apr 24, 2012 12:27:21 PM

Know who wrote the comment....moron. I didn't call Coples a "thug" or mention anything about his brand. I know what it is! I went to UNC and graduated in 98. Learn to read before you write troll.

Posted by: Bubba Sparx | Apr 24, 2012 12:29:29 PM

Hey DH. Read the comment above yours.

Posted by: Q-Psi-Phi | Apr 24, 2012 12:33:01 PM

Please lord NO! Another tarheel taking plays off, the Julius Peppers sequel. No way, he stinks and is way overrated. Lazy, Lazy!

Posted by: No Thanks | Apr 24, 2012 12:34:42 PM

The Panther's don't need someone that may slack off some to stay healthy for the Pro Bowl.

Posted by: SouthernMiss | Apr 24, 2012 12:48:06 PM

oh,noooo.another underachieving tar heel who will take plays and whole seasons off.please jags,take this guy at 7,please?

Posted by: amber | Apr 24, 2012 12:52:46 PM

This guy will be a Pro-Bowler!

Posted by: Bubba Sparx | Apr 24, 2012 12:59:35 PM

His posture looks a little off, that will probably end up shortening his career. That is from the moronic school trainers thinking your neck needs to be stuck straight up while deadlifting, that isn't correct. Then again, he might be gold. But his posture is off for sure.

Posted by: nicky6 | Apr 24, 2012 1:07:07 PM

haha you clowns are the same clowns that were on here exactly a year ago saying the same things about Cam, how he's this or he isn't that. SHUT YOUR HOLES! Haven't you learned anything? lol! You know NOTHING about evaluating talent! Looks like they're going to draft Coples, so deal with it and be happy, even if he isn't a "star" he's still an upgrade to the defense. 6'6 290? He'll do baby! GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: Shane P | Apr 24, 2012 1:25:34 PM

very prestigious.....haha. yeah, typically things that are prestigious involve getting branded....like cattle and slaves. branding human flesh is very disturbing.

are these the same frat brothers that bark and hold up the goofy a hand signal?

Posted by: slim shady | Apr 24, 2012 1:30:39 PM

The fact that the man is a part of a team that was ranked in the top 25 at one point and time and that the schedule was one of the toughest and the fact that he switched positions I don't think he takes plays off the LT is the best pass blocker on the line and he didn't have a awful year he jus didn't have an awesome year as far as work ethic goes college football isn't for anyone who is lazy and it is seriously idiotic to call someone a thug because of organizations that they take part in far as football goes a dynamic DE will help.with pass rush immediately will become devastating against the run people questioned jpp's motor well they can kiss his ring

Posted by: john | Apr 24, 2012 1:32:46 PM

The fact that the man is a part of a team that was ranked in the top 25 at one point and time and that the schedule was one of the toughest and the fact that he switched positions I don't think he takes plays off the LT is the best pass blocker on the line and he didn't have a awful year he jus didn't have an awesome year as far as work ethic goes college football isn't for anyone who is lazy and it is seriously idiotic to call someone a thug because of organizations that they take part in far as football goes a dynamic DE will help.with pass rush immediately will become devastating against the run people questioned jpp's motor well they can kiss his ring

Posted by: john | Apr 24, 2012 1:32:47 PM

This guy sucks, stay away. No one worth anything has ever come from Kinston.

Posted by: fdsadf | Apr 24, 2012 1:33:25 PM

Que Psi, any man that needs to identify with something else that strongly that they feel the need to burn that many que signs into their body is of weak character.

Posted by: Former Que | Apr 24, 2012 1:35:10 PM

just please grab Joe Adams from Arkansas ... PLEASE

Posted by: chanrock | Apr 24, 2012 1:38:25 PM

Coples is who the Panthers take.

Posted by: Joe Mamma | Apr 24, 2012 1:47:15 PM

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Posted by: Si Camps | Apr 24, 2012 1:50:46 PM

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