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Two Top Prospects Match Up At Senior Bowl

Posted Jan 26, 2012

When North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples lines up against Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn, it's a matchup of two of the top prospects in the NFL Draft.


One is almost 6-6 and 281 pounds. The other is 6-5 and 346 pounds.

They might be the two best players on the South squad in this Saturday’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples and Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn are both projected to be first-round draft picks – perhaps even top 15 selections.

Both are on the South squad, coached by the Redskins.

What happens when Coples and Glenn match up against each other in practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium?

Call it a Battle Royale.

Coples tried to power through Glenn at left tackle, but Glenn held his own. Later, Coples found a little more success using his speed as an edge rusher but still did not reach the quarterback.

Even after the whistle, Coples and Glenn kept pushing each other, seemingly reluctant to disengage. It was a sign of their competitiveness.

Coples stands at 6-6 and 285 pounds and he may be a better fit for a 4-3 than a 3-4. He was a two-year starter for the Tar Heels and he posted 30.5 sacks in that span, including 15 last season.

He has long arms, making him effective in the run game, and he works to get in position for devastating hits on ball-carriers.

Coples found more success rushing the passer on the opposite side. At one point he burst past Florida State right tackle Zebrie Sanders and had a clear path to the quarterback.

Glenn is a massive offensive lineman who played mostly guard at Georgia but transitioned to left tackle last year.

He seemed to swallow up some other pass rushers during Senior Bowl practices. Alabama's Courtney Upshaw, one of the top-rated defensive lineman, was not match for him on one rush.

Most scouts project him as a guard in the pros – he is listed as the top guard prospect by most draft experts – but at the Senior Bowl he was lining up at left tackle for Mike Shanahan and company.

“I feel like I’m versatile enough to play either position,” Glenn said. “I just want to play. Everybody can see that I can play multiple positions and contribute in more than one way.”

From the Redskins’ perspective, drafting Coples would appear to be a longshot. The defense already has two young pass rushers in Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan.

If Glenn is right about his versatility, then he could be a fit at either guard position or possibly at right tackle should the Redskins decide to move on from Jammal Brown.