Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, praised the performance of North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples so far through the first two days of Senior Bowl practices.
Rang had Coples going to Seattle in his first mock drafts this year, but now has the North Carolina product headed to Buffalo at No. 10.
Rang: “Measuring in at nearly 6-6 and 281 pounds, Coples has the size, strength and athleticism to be a force regardless of scheme. Rated as the No. 1 defensive end prospect and 12th overall by NFLDraftScout.com, Coples is the highest-rated Senior Bowl participant. He hasn’t disappointed, terrorizing the South team’s quarterbacks and running backs by consistently penetrating the line of scrimmage to blow up plays before they’ve even begun.
“He’s been impressive,” one high-ranking team official thought likely to be considering a defensive lineman with their first round pick said Tuesday, on the condition of anonymity. “He played really well on Monday and followed that up with another strong effort today.”
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post also had high praise for Coples, saying he looks like a legitimate edge rusher.
Len Pasquarelli of the Sports Xchange writes that the Cleveland Browns are ready to move on from Colt McCoy but are unsure if Robert Griffin III is the right guy at No. 4.
More Rang: He writes that Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden has been the best QB at the Senior Bowl through two days of practice, but has settled with taking the first read and has not shown an ability to work through his progressions.
Russ Lande of the Sporting News says another defensive end, South Carolina’s Melvin Ingram, has stood out this week at the Senior Bowl practices.
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network provides his top five positional rankings.
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