Alvin "Bud" Dupree
Outside Linebacker/Defensive End
Weight: 269 lbs.
Strengths: A great pass rusher who is just about as physically gifted as they come. Has a refined, polished technique already. Very long arms and excellent quickness and explosion. Vast array of rush moves.
Plays with great passion and will get the crowd involved with some big hits.
Was asked to drop into coverage quite a bit at Kentucky and has decent instincts in coverage. Is agile and shows good lateral mobility in space. Plays with great leverage. Known as a leader.
Weaknesses: Could stand to add some strength. Much like the other pass rushers in this class, Dupree can struggle once a big OL gets his hands on him. Needs to work on his "lines" to the QB (Brian Baker anyone?) as he has a bit of an issue with getting too wide on a rush and taking himself out of a play.
Bottom Line: Very long-limbed and explosive. May start as a situational pass rusher. He needs to gain strength and requires coaching in the run game.
He's comfortable playing standing up or with his hand in the dirt and would be attractive to most any defense. He's proven himself against excellent competition (SEC sack leader).
Though he weighs in at 269 lbs right now, Dupree played much of last season closer to 254 and strength is still an issue with him. Still, his versatility is a huge plus.
It should be noted that Dupree's coach, Mark Stoops, has produced a number of very productive collegiate pass rushers over his coaching career (primarily at Florida State), but most of them weren't nearly as successful in the NFL.
Projected Round: 1