The Cincinnati Bengals selected Copeland in the first round (fifth pick overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft, and he played for the Bengals from 1993 to 2000. In eight NFL seasons, he played in 107 regular season games, started 102 of them, and compiled 324 tackles, 24.0 quarterback sacks, nine forced fumbles, three interceptions and a touchdown on a fumble recovery . 
He is currently the defensive coordinator and off-season strength and conditioning coach for the Tuscaloosa Academy Knights in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
↑National Football League, Historical Players, John Copeland. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
↑databaseFootball.com, Players, John Copeland. Retrieved February 16, 2012.