Jets second-year player Quinton Coples confirmed he is moving to outside linebacker Thursday.

Coples, the team’s first-round pick in 2012, played defensive tackle and defensive end as a rookie. He led the team with 5 1/2 sacks. Now, they’re standing him up on the outside and hoping he can increase that total.

“I definitely feel like I have to go out and make a lot more plays than I did last year,” Coples said. “Being that I’ve mastered the playbook and have a year of experience under my belt, I definitely think that coming from the outside will definitely help me.”

The Jets drafted Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson in the first round of last week’s NFL Draft, making this move possible. Coples said he was told he was switching positions Monday. There was a thought the Jets might target a pass-rushing linebacker with their first-round picks, but chose cornerback Dee Milliner and Richardson instead.

Coples said he expects to play at 280-285 pounds, which is quite large for a linebacker. He played at 290 last year.

“I feel good,” Coples said of the move. “I think it’s definitely going to open up more opportunities for me to get to the quarterback and also show my athleticism and coverage.”