Miami Dolphins 2012 Draft: Melvin Ingram vs. Quinton Coples
As we near the NFL draft, every team's possible selection becomes a little clearer. For the Dolphins, the pick has gone from quarterback, to right tackle, to safety, to pass rusher and it keeps cycling around.
The latest debate consists of whether the Dolphins should draft Quinton Coples of North Carolina or Melvin Ingram of South Carolina.
It is clear the Dolphins need a pass-rusher to play opposite Cameron Wake, especially if they will be switching to a 4-3 defensive scheme. With the retirement of Jason Taylor, the Dolphins are left without a consistent pass-rusher, forcing them to either pursue a big-name free agent or draft the next big-name pass-rusher.
In this year's draft, there are a couple pass-rushers that could be impact players in the NFL right away. Coples and Ingram had impressive seasons and did nothing to hurt their draft stock at the Senior Bowl.
They are both athletic linemen that have the ability to play in a two-point stance or a four-point stance. Ingram also has the ability to slide inside in a four-man front.
Either of these players would give the Dolphins a future Pro Bowler and could push them towards a playoff run next season. The question is, if the Dolphins are willing to take either of these guys, who will they pull the trigger on?
Ingram stands at 6'2" and weighs 276 lbs. He plays bigger than his body size and could play three different positions in the NFL (DE, DT, OLB).
He possesses a great burst getting off the line and has the ability to bull rush offensive linemen. He also has the speed to get by them and track down running backs coming out of the backfield.
This guy is always around the ball and will give you 100 percent effort on every play. His strength is pass-rushing and would be welcomed with open arms in South Beach by the fans, the organization and especially by Cameron Wake, who won't be getting double-teamed as often.
Reminds me of: LaMarr Woodley
Coples has been everywhere in mock drafts. Some people have him going in the top 10, others have him going late in the first round and a few have him falling into the second round. He has all the physical tools needed to succeed in the NFL and could make an impact from day one. Coples stands at 6'6" and weighs in at 285 lbs.
There has been a knock on Coples because it looks like he won't give you his full effort on every play. If this can get fixed, the sky is the limit for this kid and we will be talking about him for years to come.
Miami will surely like to have someone with this kind of potential, who can eventually reach Jason Taylor-like numbers, playing opposite Cameron Wake.
His strength is pass-rushing, just like Ingram, but he possesses the longer body we have grown accustomed to for defensive ends who play with their hand on the ground.
Reminds me of: Julius Peppers (Not just because they're both from North Carolina)