INDIANAPOLIS _ North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples has heard the criticism that he didn't play hard on every play and that talk followed him to the NFL Combine.
Asked about it, Coples said, “I can see where it can look like that on film but overall, I definitely felt like I did a good job and did the right thing and just did the little sacrifices for my team, to help my team out. And that's what was important to me at the time."
Defensive end, is of course, a positon of need for the Titans, and Coples is expected to potentially be the first 4-3 end taken in the draft. The Titans met with Coples here on Saturday evening.
Coples said the criticism of his work doesn't bother him.
“Not at all. I mean, it's a gift and a curse. Overall, I'll take it for what it is. They know I can compete and I'm gonna compete. So we'll just go from there,” he said.
He was asked why it might look like he wasn't working hard on some plays, Coples offered an explanation.
“Well, you know I'm a big guy. I'm long-stride, things of that nature, so where it may come fast to me in a game, on film it's slowing down a little bit. You know, people have their own opinions. Some people don't even think it was a problem. So it's different opinions and you just go for what it is,” he said.