Coples rises again in North Carolina showcase

North Carolina’s pro day was held on March 20, outdoors on field turf, in front of representatives from 27 NFL teams. Most were there to see DE Quinton Coples, but a number of other prospects stood out as well.

Here’s a recap:

Coples, DE (6-foot-5 3/4, 278 pounds) — Coples stood on all his marks from the NFL Combine, but had a very good workout at DE and LB and probably solidified his status as a top-10 draft pick.

Zach Brown, LB (6-1 1/2, 242) Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 and 4.49 seconds, with a 35-inch vertical, 4.32-second short shuttle, 7.26-second three-cone and 22 strength reps. Brown is a great athlete and worked out very well, but there are questions about how competitive he is. He could be a first-rounder, or he could slip back.

Matt Merletti, S (5-10, 200) — Ran the 40 in 4.55 and 4.64 seconds, with a 31 1/2-inch vertical, 4.27-second short shuttle, 6.55-second three-cone and 31 strength reps. A very smart player who will probably excel on special teams, Merletti looks like a seventh-rounder or a priority free agent.

Charles Brown, CB (5-8 3/4, 209) — Ran the 40 in 4.49 and 4.50 seconds. Stood on his other combine marks but did position drills and looks like a seventh-round pick.

Tydreke Powell, DT (6-2 3/8, 312) — Ran the 40 in 5.25 and 5.32 seconds. Powell had a good workout and is an ascending player who stands to go in the fourth or fifth round.

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