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Panthers brass met with Quinton Coples on Monday

Quinton Coples, Kacy Rodgers AP

North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples was among the Panthers’ 30 pre-draft visitors. Coples’ visit occurred on the 12th of March, and Panthers brass met with Coples again on Monday to refresh their memory.

A league source told Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer that Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney and head coach Ron Rivera trekked to Chapel Hill for the club’s second pre-draft meeting with Coples. The Panthers have the ninth pick in the draft and a need at left defensive end. Coples is usually projected as a left end in the pros.

There’s little telling as to whether the Panthers’ 11th-hour meeting with Coples is indicative of genuine interest, or a smokescreen before the draft. As Person does note, the Panthers held a similar meeting with quarterback Cam Newton a year ago.

Days later, Carolina made Newton the No. 1 overall pick.

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13 Responses to “Panthers brass met with Quinton Coples on Monday”
  1. loyalpanthersfan says: Apr 24, 2012 10:19 PM

    No no no horrible pick if they take him. This isn’t or biggest need. CB is a much bigger need. Even if we don’t go CB if be ok with DT.

  2. fitzmagic1212 says: Apr 24, 2012 10:21 PM

    i thought he would drop to the late teens but if he gets his head out of his a$$ the kid could be special

  3. vincent1204 says: Apr 24, 2012 10:30 PM

    Drew Brees needs an explanation.

  4. pilot2011 says: Apr 24, 2012 10:30 PM

    Coples, Cox, Keuckly, Decastro, Gilmore… Honestly I’d be happy with any of them, but I hope it’s Coples.

    As much as I like Fletcher Cox, the Panthers actually do have a lot of Defensive Tackles… All they need is one of them to step up and play next to Ron Edwards, and a full off-season will enable one of them to do so.

    Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy are the only Defensive Ends for the Panthers.

    Carlina needs to get Coples at #9, if he is there.

  5. ncarolinarn7 says: Apr 24, 2012 10:32 PM

    Go Heels! Go Carolina Panthers! Rah rah cough :)

  6. theejohnevans says: Apr 24, 2012 10:38 PM

    Rather have a corner but if you can put pressure on the qb you can draft a decent cb later.

  7. jump24man says: Apr 24, 2012 10:53 PM

    Please no. The guy seems like an unmotivated stiff. We can’t go another season with Captain on the field. Please take Gillmore or trade down for the Alabama 4/20 guy.

  8. ttommytom says: Apr 24, 2012 10:58 PM

    You guys kidding about including Newton?

    By design, it could not have been a smokescreen. THEY HAD THE FIRST PICK.

    You just did an apples to oranges…

  9. christopher525 says: Apr 24, 2012 11:29 PM

    If you’ve checked their site, this guy is hyped as hell there. They have to take him, if available. A DT can be brought un, or drafted later. If everyone keeps pushing him back, I say take Poe in round two.

  10. tarheelpirate says: Apr 24, 2012 11:45 PM

    I am still a little baffled when hearing that Coples has character issues. He doesn’t. He didn’t perform as well as he should have during his Senior season, but that was a product of two years of investigations and coach firings, in my opinion. It just goes to show how a person can get saddled with a negative evaluation, and the media will parrot that evaluation without even a question.

    Someone is going to get a heck-of-a football player and a great kid, and he’ll be motivated to prove the critics wrong.

  11. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 24, 2012 11:45 PM

    Picking Coples takes brass with balls.

  12. qdog112 says: Apr 25, 2012 8:01 AM

    Part smokescreen – part genuine interest. He is not going to be the #9 pick, however, if they trade down, he could be a late first rd pick, as long as they pick up a 3rd along with it.

  13. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Apr 25, 2012 8:16 AM

    i hope they don’t draft him. unc DEs have not worked out well in recent years. coples was never better than robert quinn or miles austin and he disappears for sometimes entire series or even games. any d-lineman other than this guy and i’ll be happy.

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