Panthers make last minute visit with Coples

Coples (Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE)

The Charlotte Observer is reporting that Marty Hurney and Ron Rivera went to Chapel Hill on Monday and met with Tarheel DE Quinton Coples.

The Observer is reporting that Marty Hurney and Ron Rivera went to Chapel Hill on Monday and met with Tarheel DE Quinton Coples.

What is significant about that is that it is at least the second meeting in the last few weeks between the Panthers and Coples, and with the Panthers in the market for a pass rusher, it looks like the Panthers are narrowing their focus a bit.

The question remains: How far will Coples fall? Most draft analysts think that Coples will be available when the Panthers pick at ninth overall, but will he be available if the Panthers decide to trade down and acquire extra picks?

Coples has been compared to former Tarheel and Panther Julius Peppers; both athletic, from North Carolina, and have had questions about taking plays off during games.

The Panthers got very little pass rush last year from their defensive line, and could pair Coples with Charles Johnson -- which would make both ends more formidable since defenses couldn't focus on just one of them.



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