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Alvin Dupree | Defensive End

Team: Kentucky Wildcats
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 267

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ESPN's Mel Kiper gave the Steelers an "A-" draft grade and wrote that they "had a really good draft."
"Bud Dupree felt like a steal at No. 22 overall," Kiper wrote. "Given the off-field issues that affected the pass-rushing group, to have him available at that point was a surprise to me. I thought he could have gone as high as No. 8 overall." That pick was only the start of a procession of selections Kiper praised. "Senquez Golson is one of my favorite players in the draft, an INT machine at Ole Miss who plays bigger than his size and has the hands I wish more wide receivers had," he wrote. The analyst thinks Sammie Coates was well worth a Round 3 gamble, and thinks Pittsburgh did well to further address its secondary needs by taking Doran Grant of Ohio State and the nation's INT leader last year, Gerod Holliman of Louisville. Sun, May 3, 2015 03:15:00 PM

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Steelers selected Kentucky OLB Bud Dupree with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Dupree (6'4/269) played all over Kentucky's defense, amassing 37 career tackles for loss, 23.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. He eviscerated the Combine, running 4.56 with otherworldly vertical (42") and broad (11'6") jumps. Although Dupree offers long-range edge-rush potential based on his jump-out-the-gym athleticism, he profiles best as a "Joker" in the vein of Jamie Collins. Dupree flashed cover skills and sideline-to-sideline range in the SEC, but his pass-rush repertoire is very limited at this point. Still, the tools are there for a big-time NFL impact.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 10:32:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah notes that Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree "wasn't a consistent player during his college career," and believes he's being overvalued.

"I love Dupree's potential, but he wasn't a consistent player during his college career. He is going to get selected very high in this draft -- in fact, I'll be shocked if he doesn't go in the top 10," Jeremiah wrote. Dupree is a better athlete than he is a player at the moment, and will have to improve his instincts as he continues to learn the position. The Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and the New York Jets have all shown interest in the Kentucky prospect.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 02:50:00 PM

Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree "is one of the top 10 players in this draft," says ESPN NFL Insider Jon Gruden.

"He has very good size," Gruden said. "I have seen him hold the point and be effective as a run defender in an odd front. I have seen him rush the passer. I also love his playing style because he'll come out of the stack, find the man with the ball and knock him down hard. He played right end, left end and outside 'backer. Two years ago I saw him rushing as an inside 'backer." Dupree has become one of the class' most divisive first-round prospects. Some, like Gruden, adore his gifts, while others, such as Pro Football Focus, say he wasn't productive enough in school to garner a selection in the top half of Round 1. We'll find out where the NFL stands in two days. "We see all these quarterbacks in the NFL running around and scrambling," Gruden said. "You need a Dupree who can find the guy with the ball to get there. This kid can get it done as a pass-rusher in a one-on-one situation."
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 09:23:00 PM

Mike Renner reports that Pro Football Focus uncovered "red flags" when digging into Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree's stats and film.

"The most meaningful one is that only three of his 36 pressures came against tackles with positive pass-blocking grades for the season," he wrote. "While he posted an overall respectable pass-rushing productivity mark of 9.8, that number dropped to 7.1 against SEC competition. A third of those pressures against SEC competition came versus Missouri's right tackle, Taylor Chappell, who had the second-worst pass-blocking grade in the country." That's a pretty damning stat, though some will argue Dupree wasn't given a fair shake in college to learn one position and stick to it. Renner added that Dupree didn't generate even one pressure off of a bull rush in 2014. "Those stats paint the picture of a player who feasted on weak competition and then put up impressive workout numbers, rather than a complete pass-rusher," he wrote.
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 08:33:00 PM

Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree "will be a better pro than college player" and it "might not take him long to make waves in the NFL," writes NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"He's not the top-rated edge rusher in this draft, but maybe that plays to his advantage in that he goes a little later in the draft than the other highly touted guys and lands with a team that's in better position to succeed in 2015," Davis wrote. Davis slots Dupree to the New Orleans Saints at No. 13 in his latest mock draft. "It would be a lot of fun to see defensive coordinator Rob Ryan turn Dupree loose," he mentioned.
Sun, Apr 26, 2015 03:40:00 PM

The Redskins are taking a last minute visit to see Kentucky edge rusher Bud Dupree, according to Aaron Wilson.

The Redskins' staff is traveling to Macon, GA, close to Dupree's home. Few prospects are generating as much buzz as Dupree. We could see him taken as early as No. 4 with the Raiders and as late as the Falcons at No. 8. He has ridiculous measurables and teams are fond of his personality, but Dupree's tape is a bit underwhelming.
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 09:12:00 AM

Football Outsiders compares Kentucky edge player Bud Dupree to Jadeveon Clowney based on workout performance.

The only metric where Dupree suffers is a mediocre 7.49-second speed in the 3-cone drill. Dupree recorded 7.5 sacks in 2014, finished second on the team in tackles with 74, and had 12.5 for loss. The Kentucky prospect, who had 23.5 career sacks, has met up with the Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and the New York Jets.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 09:16:00 PM

Kentucky edge player Bud Dupree "might offer the most intriguing combination of size and explosiveness and therefore, upside," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"For all of the attention heaped upon edge rushers Dante Fowler, Jr. (Florida), Vic Beasley (Clemson), Randy Gregory (Nebraska) and Shane Ray (Missouri) among others, Dupree might offer the most intriguing combination of size and explosiveness and therefore, upside," Rang wrote. Dupree's explosiveness, power and raw athleticism should have coaches excited to work with him, at the next level. The Kentucky prospect finished second on the Wildcats in tackles with 74, with 12.5 tackles for loss in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 02:39:00 PM

Kentucky edge player Bud Dupree "has elite physical tools and has the potential to develop into a productive pass-rusher," notes ESPN's Todd McShay.

"He also has the athleticism to succeed in coverage," McShay wrote. The scribe isn't impressed with Dupree's consistency on tape. We agree with that opinion, but cut Dupree a bit more slack than most. Most prospect's inconsistency can be blamed on on-again, off-again motors. We think a big part of Dupree's issues stemmed from Kentucky's desire to play him all over the place -- both on and off the ball, all over the defensive formation, and with wildly different assignments -- which stunted his development as both a DE and an OLB. Keep him in one scheme and you might have a star.
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 05:20:00 PM

NFL Media's Albert Breer writes the top 10 is now in play for Kentucky edge player Bud Dupree.

Breer notes Dupree's pre-draft process has been outstanding, including "the interviews, during which clubs found this freak athlete to be a great kid." Dupree skipped the Senior Bowl. There are great flashes in Dupree's game, but he was asked to play on the line and off the ball, which seemed to stunt his development at either spot. He could be the second edge rusher selected.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 11:28:00 AM

Kentucky LB Bud Dupree is shooting up draft boards, reports NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

"The tape is inconsistent, but as coaches get involved, they want to work with this piece of clay," Mayock said. "He's got everything you want in a Pro Bowl edge rusher except consistency." Dupree could go as high as No. 8 to Atlanta, but he's more than likely looking at a call at some point during the middle portion of the initial stanza.
Mon, Apr 13, 2015 10:19:00 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Kentucky LB Bud Dupree had meetings with both the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons.

Atlanta has the No. 8 selection in the draft, with Cleveland following up behind with the No. 12 and No. 19. picks. Dupree gets a slight boost in his stock, with Edge-rusher-needy teams possibly thinking twice on selecting Randy Gregory,who recently failed a drug test at the combine. Dupree recorded 7.5 sacks in 2014 and 23.5 during his time at Kentucky, finishing second on the team in tackles with 74, with 12.5 tackles for loss. The Kentucky prospect has also met with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and the New York Jets.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 02:07:00 PM

Kentucky LB Bud Dupree "is an explosive, powerful athlete with a background in basketball," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Dupree ranks as the class' No. 5 edge rusher in Zierlein's estimation. "While he's been productive at Kentucky, his tape doesn't always do his potential justice," he wrote. "He must continue to improve as a pass rusher, but his traits are undeniable. Difference between being good and great might be his coordinator." The analyst compares Dupree to Jamie Collins. Dupree has met with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets. "He's a little slow to diagnose, which causes him to get a late start on plays. I would ask him to drop into space in zone dog looks and that's about it. To me, he's a pure see 'em, get 'em 3-4 rush end," said an NFC East regional scout.
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 07:02:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis believes that settling into a consistent scheme and assignment in the NFL could make Kentucky LB Bud Dupree better in the pros than he was in college.

"If he lands in the right defense and becomes more consistent, look out," Davis wrote." The 6-foot-4, 267-pound Dupree lined up as both a 4-3 DE and a 3-4 OLB at Kentucky, where the coaching staff attempted to leverage his superior talent by playing him all over the place. It's possible, as Davis postulates, that such shifts stunted his development a bit. "The big concern that comes up with Dupree -- whether watching tape or talking to evaluators -- is a lack of consistency," Davis wrote. "Is he more than just a flash player?" Dupree has met with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets.
Tue, Mar 24, 2015 09:52:00 PM