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Panthers brass met with Quinton Coples on Monday

Quinton Coples, Kacy Rodgers

Quinton Coples, left, muscles his way around Miami Dolphin assistant coach Kacy Rodgers during North Carolina’s pro football day in Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuesday, March 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)


North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples was among the Panthers’ 30 pre-draft visitors. Coples’ visit occurred on the 12th of March, and Panthers brass met with Coples again on Monday to refresh their memory.

A league source told Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer that Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney and head coach Ron Rivera trekked to Chapel Hill for the club’s second pre-draft meeting with Coples. The Panthers have the ninth pick in the draft and a need at left defensive end. Coples is usually projected as a left end in the pros.

There’s little telling as to whether the Panthers’ 11th-hour meeting with Coples is indicative of genuine interest, or a smokescreen before the draft. As Person does note, the Panthers held a similar meeting with quarterback Cam Newton a year ago.

Days later, Carolina made Newton the No. 1 overall pick.