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Quinton Coples

Quinton Coples
Coples signing autographs at the Jets Draft Party in the locker room of MetLife Stadium on April 25, 2013.
No. 98     New York Jets
Outside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-06-22) June 22, 1990
Place of birth: Kinston, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 290 lb (132 kg)
Career information
High school: Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
Debuted in 2012 for the New York Jets
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× First-team All-ACC (2010, 2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2014
Tackles 71
Sacks 11.0
INTs 0
Forced fumbles 2
Stats at

Quinton Kyle Coples[1] (born June 22, 1990) is an American football outside linebacker[2] for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jets in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at North Carolina.


  • High school career 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
    • Pre-draft 3.1
    • New York Jets (2012-present) 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

High school career

Coples attended Kinston High School, and later transferred to Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. He was rated a four-star recruit by[3]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Quinton Coples
Kinston, North Carolina Hargrave Military Academy 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 4.8 Jan 18, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 21 (DE)   Rivals: 105, 3 (DE), 4 (V)
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "North Carolina Football Commitments". Retrieved 2012. 
  • "2008 North Carolina Football Recruiting Commits". Retrieved 2012. 
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved 2012. 
  • "2008 Team Ranking". Retrieved 2012. 

College career

As a junior in 2010 Coples was named a first team All-ACC selection after recording 59 tackles and 10 sacks.[4] Coples finished college with 144 tackles, 24 sacks and 5 Forced fumbles.[5]

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 6 in 284 lb 33¼ in 10¼ in 4.78 s 4.78 s 7.57 s 31.5 in 9 ft 1 in 25 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[6][7]

He was considered one of the best defensive end prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft.[6]

New York Jets (2012-present)

He was selected 16th overall in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.[8] He signed a four-year contract worth $8.8 million on May 17, 2012.[9][10] During his rookie season of 2012, Coples compiled with 30 tackles and 5.5 sacks. The Jets finished 6-10 (tied 3rd in AFC East) that season.

A week following the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jets announced that Coples would transition to outside linebacker.[11] During a preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 17, 2013, Coples suffered a hairline ankle fracture after defending a pass thrown by Chad Henne. The Jets projected that Coples was going to be out indefinitely due to the injury but he eventually returned during Week 3 against the Buffalo Bills on September 22, 2013. During the 2013 season, Coples performed somewhat well at his new position as an outside linebacker playing 14 games (13 started) with 38 tackles, a forced fumble, 3 passes defended, and 4.5 sacks. The Jets finished 8-8 (tied 2nd in AFC East) that season.


  1. ^ "ESPN Profile". 
  2. ^
  3. ^
  4. ^ Seven Tar Heels Named To All-ACC Teams
  5. ^ "Quinton Coples Statistics". 
  6. ^ a b "Quinton Coples". NFL Draft Scout. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Quinton Coples". National Football League. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Lange, Randy (26 April 2012). "Jets Rush to Take Quinton Coples at No. 16". New York Jets. Archived from the original on 29 April 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Vrentas, Jenny (17 May 2012). "Jets agree to four-year deal with first-round pick Quinton Coples". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Mehta, Manish (18 May 2012). "Source: Jets sign veteran safety Yeremiah Bell to a one-year, $1.4 million deal". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  11. ^ Glauber, Bob (May 2, 2013). "Quinton Coples excited about switch to outside linebacker". Retrieved June 18, 2013. 

External links

  • North Carolina Tar Heels bio
  • New York Jets bio
  • NFL Combine profile
  • ESPN stats
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