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Walter Football pegs Kentucky redshirt junior QB Patrick Towles as a Rds. 3-5 prospect.

"Towles didn't have a great supporting cast in 2014, but the first-year starter flashed at times," the site observed. "He has a big arm and pocket presence. He has the skill set and upside to develop." Towles (6-foot-5, 238 pounds) piqued our interest with his size and mobility last season. He simply must become more polished as a passer, which would improve his accuracy, negating another weakness. Towles threw for 2,718 yards on 57 percent completions with a 14/9 TD/INT rate last season.
Source: walter
May 20 - 12:17 AM

Browns signed Kentucky OT Darrian Miller.

Miller (6'5/307) made 37 starts for the Wildcats, all at left tackle. He showed below-average athletic ability at the Combine, running 5.51 with a 25-inch vertical and an 8-foot-1 broad jump. At the UK Pro Day, Miller managed only 16 reps on the bench. Not an efficient mover and not particularly strong, Miller also has short arms (33") for tackle. Likely to move inside to guard in the NFL, Miller could carve out a career as a versatile reserve.
May 5 - 12:07 AM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 3:15 PM

Ravens selected Kentucky OLB Za'Darius Smith with the No. 122 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

This could be viewed as Courtney Upshaw's replacement. Smith (6'5/274) spent two seasons at Kentucky after transferring from JUCO, compiling 14 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, and two fumble recoveries. He showed limited athletic ability at the Combine, running 4.83 with a 29-inch vertical and 9-foot-5 broad jump. A try-hard, high-motor power end, Smith is unlikely to be a pass-rushing factor in the pros, but could earn a living as a two-down run defender.
May 2 - 1:14 PM

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.
Apr 30 - 10:32 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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 29 - 2:50 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."
Apr 28 - 9:23 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 26 - 8:33 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.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 26 - 3:40 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.
Apr 24 - 9:12 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.
Apr 22 - 9:16 PM

Kentucky DE Za'Darius Smith "is a late bloomer who has the tools to be an effective edge player," writes CBS Sports' Pete Prisco.

"He played down in their 3-4 a lot, but I think he's a 4-3 end," Prisco wrote. "He is strong and has good hands. He didn't start playing football until 2010. He has a lot of raw ability." The 6-foot-4 5/8, 274-pounder (11 percent body fat) raced to a 4.69 second forty at his pro day. The pass rusher posted 61 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups last year.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 9:16 PM

Kentucky redshirt junior RB Braylon Heard "could find a niche as a change of pace back as a Day Three pick or undrafted free agent," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 5-foot-11, 189-pound Heard wins with make-you-miss ability in space and has a great set of hands out of the backfield. The former Nebraska transfer rushed for 830 yards and eight touchdowns on 150 carries. While Heard lacks the ideal frame of a three down back at the next level, he should be able succeed on passing downs in a running back by committee type of role.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 3:31 PM

Kentucky DE Za'Darius is a "classic 4-3 base defensive end who won't generate much pressure off the corner but can be counted on to set the edge against the run," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The 6-foot-4 5/8, 274-pound has the ideal frame and makeup for a prototypical defensive end at the next level. The Kentucky prospect Smith gets commended for his work ethic and has the kind of motor coaches look for. After transferring from Junior college, Smith posted 119 tackles and 10.5 sacks in just two seasons. Smith earned Defensive MVP honors at the East-West Shrine Game.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 20 - 3:17 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
Apr 20 - 2:39 PM


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