Some Afternoon NFL Draft Buzz


Coples: the mystery man.

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According to one source, the current order of DEs after Melvin Ingram is:

  • Chandler Jones
  • Whitney Mercilus
  • Quinton Coples

— Jones allegedly could go as high as Jacksonville at 7 or as low as 22 to Cincinnati.

— Stephon Gilmore is also still getting buzz at the Jags #7 spot.  Jacksonville is one of the real mystery teams, along with Buffalo and Kansas City, picking directly in front of the Cowboys.

— One source heard that if the Bears have to choose between Mercilus and Coples at 19, that they would choose Mercilus.

— Coples is a mystery player.  We know he’s got top-10 talent, but his sub-par senior season has a lot of teams questioning his motor.  If he were to slide, I was told the Giants would consider him.  With Osi Umenyiora on the outs there, and with Coples offering inside and outside flexibility in a 4-3 front, the Giants would have interest in him at the bottom of the 1st.

— Cordy Glenn is falling and figures into the late-1st/ early 2nd mix.

— If that came to pass, Glenn would be in a group with Courtney Upshaw and Nick Perry, offering good value at the 1st/2nd round turn, says a source who hears all three are falling.

— For the last two days several players in the early-to-mid 2nd round range have been pushed into the late 1st.  Today I heard that Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd are the only 1st round locks and that the next level of receivers, Stephen Hill, Kendall Wright and Rueben Randle, could all fall into the 2nd round.

— The hot spot for Brandon Weeden is apparently the Patriots second 1st-round pick at 31.  Teams looking to snag him are eyeing this pick, and the Patriots are shopping it.

— Andre Branch is a late hot name among the edge-rusher group, and is another one of many who could crack the late 1st round.

— Conversely, a source told me the Vinny Curry rumors are smoke, and that he’s one player who won’t get into the 1st round.