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Optimism for Jets after drafting impact players

By Dennis Waszak Jr.

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, April 29 2012 12:56 p.m. MDT

Quinton Coples is introduced during a New York Jets football news conference, Friday, April 27, 2012, in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets selected Coples, a North Carolina defensive end, as their first-round pick in the NFL draft on Thursday. He was the 16th pick during the draft.

Mel Evans, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Rex Ryan wanted impact players out of the NFL draft, and the New York Jets coach thinks he got his wish.

So much so that Ryan already has declared — although later backing off — big defensive lineman Quinton Coples and speedy wide receiver Stephen Hill starters for a team determined to get back to the playoffs.

After a disappointing season and a winter of uncertainty, this was indeed an important draft for general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who was charged with the task of filling some key holes in the roster. There's still work to be done, of course, but there's no doubt the Jets improved their overall team speed on both sides of the ball and added some aggressive and physical players — just as Ryan likes 'em.

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