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The best draft option for the Panthers (other than Claiborne/Kalil)

With Kalil and Claiborne gone by the time we're on the clock (barring something very unexpected) another CB or OL would be a stretch at our position IMO. Our other need really seems to be the D-line, despite improvement inside and a high level of play from CJ. The missing piece is an elite pass-rush presence who's disciplined against the run, look no further than Quinton Coples.

There seems to be a misconception on this site that Coples is destined to be an OLB at the next level. Although he has elite speed and athleticism, at 6'6" and almost 280 he is better suited as an inside/out down lineman like a Justin Tuck or Justin Smith. Meaning he can set the edge on earlier downs but be very disruptive from the inside in obvious passing situations. In fact he played DT for much of his highly productive junior campaign.

The criticism that surrounds his motor and work ethic are in my opinion unfounded. As a student at UNC I've seen him play in person more than a few times and have never noticed him giving up on plays. I believe the talk stemmed from his less than expected production early in the year as he was getting used to the added blocking attention. As the season continued and he improved his arsenal of pass rush moves his production has increased exponentially. If he falls to us we should not hesitate to take him and greatly improve both our pass rush and run defense.

With that we can look for value at the corner position in the second round in the the form of Chase Minnifield or Jayron Hosley.

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