Quinton Coples: Courtesy Getty Images
Chapel Hill, N.C. - North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples was selected with the No. 16 overall pick by the New York Jets in the 2012 NFL Draft Thursday evening. Coples is the 20th first-round pick in UNC history and the fourth in the last five years.
"They (Jets' coaches) knew I could get to the quarterback and help this team get to the Super Bowl," Coples told ESPN radio. "It's good to be a Jet. I'm just going to go out there and be the best pass rusher I can be."
This is the second consecutive year North Carolina hasproduced a first-round defensive end. A year ago, Robert Quinn was selected No. 14 overall by the St. Louis Rams.
A two-time first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer, Coples played both end and tackle at UNC. A native of Kinston, N.C., Coples finished his four-year career with 40.5 tackles for losses and 24 sacks.
As a junior, Coples played a majority of the season atdefensive tackle and had his most productive season with 15.5 tackles for losses nd 10 sacks. Last season, he moved back to defensive end and posted 15 tackles for losses and 7.5 sacks.
North Carolina's First-Round Draft Picks (20)
1965 - Ken Willard (RB) - No. 2, San Francisco
1971 - Don McCauley (TB) - No. 22, Baltimore
1975 - Ken Huff (OG) - No. 3, Baltimore
1981 - Lawrence Taylor (LB) - No. 2, New York Giants
1981 - Donnell Thompson (DE) - No. 18, Baltimore
1984 - Brian Blados (OL) - No. 28, Cincinnati
1985 - Ethan Horton (RB/TE) - No. 15, Kansas City
1987 - Harris Barton (OT) - No. 22, San Francisco
1993 - Thomas Smith (CB) - No. 28, Buffalo
1996 - Marcus Jones (DT) - No. 22, Tampa Bay
1998 - Greg Ellis (DE) - No. 8, Dallas
1998 - Brian Simmons (LB) - No. 17, Cincinnati
1998 - Vonnie Holliday (DT) - No. 19, Green Bay
1999 - Ebenzer Ekuban (DE) - No. 20, Dallas
2002 - Julius Peppers (DE) - No. 2, Carolina
2002 - Ryan Sims (DT) - No. 6, Kansas City
2008 - Kentwan Balmer (DT) - No. 29, San Francisco
2009 - Hakeem Nicks (WR) - No. 29, New York Giants
2011 - Robert Quinn (DE) - No. 14, St. Louis
2012 - Quinton Coples (DE) - No. 16, New York Jets
UNC Sports Information Dept.