Quinton Coples might have known all along that the Jets were going to take him with the 16th pick of the first round, but it seems the Jets were a little less sure.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the team was trying to trade down before picking Coples. That doesn’t mean they don’t like Coples, who was reportedly the highest rated player left on their board when their pick came along, but it might mean they thought they could get him a little later while also adding to their stockpile of picks. Mehta also reports that Melvin Ingram, who was thought to be of interest to the Jets and wound up going to the Chargers, had a low first-round grade from the team.
The Jets plan to use Coples as a hand in the ground defensive end. Rex Ryan threw around some comparisons to the way they used Shaun Ellis and that kind of production would certainly work well for the Jets defense.
As for the second round, Mehta hears that the Jets aren’t going to be targeting any position in particular for their pick. Wide receiver, offensive line and more help for the front seven are all possibilities.