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Kentucky DE/LB Alvin "Bud" Dupree "has a chance to be a really high pick," according to an NFC executive.

"I wasn't all that high on him when I watched him the first time, but he's really starting to grow on me," the executive said. "He has a chance to be a really high pick." Dupree has worked himself onto Vic Beasley's level and the pair are considered the top senior pass rushers. "Dupree had contemplated entering the draft last season but honored a commitment to coach Bob Stoops and Kentucky by returning. The decision certainly didn't hurt him," wrote NFL.com. "He's a freakish athlete who should only help himself at the Senior Bowl and combine over the next few months. And if he does, he has a chance of landing in the top half of the first round."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 11 - 1:21 AM

Kentucky senior DE Za'Darius Smith has accepted an invitation to play in the East West Shrine game.

More good news for the all star event. In other years Smith would have been in the Senior Bowl, and he still might earn an invitation. However, the edge rushing class in 2015 might be one of the best in some time. Smith, a JUCO transfer, uses his hands well to shed at the point of attack.
Dec 9 - 12:15 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Kentucky DE/LB Alvin "Bud" Dupree has a "quick-twitch in his get-off and he's not easily slowed."

"Re-watching Louisville-Kentucky and Bud Dupree had an outstanding game. He has quick-twitch in his get-off and he's not easily slowed," Brugler tweeted. The Kentucky prospect has been asked to play a hybrid spot on the edge, when his greatest impact will likely come by rushing the passer. Brugler adds that "Dupree needs to improve his finishing ability in space but there's far more good than bad. He'll receive a solid 1st round grade from me." It's possible that Dupree's draft stock has a real chance to rise as we get closer to the draft.
Dec 3 - 2:39 PM

Kentucky senior OT Darrian Miller accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

The 6-foot-5, 292-pound tackle's stock is down a bit due to on-field inconsistencies this year. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote earlier this month Miller showed mid-round potential in 2013. Part of the problem, the analyst believes, is that Miller is playing out of position. Currently playing RT, Miller projects better as an NFL zone-blocking guard. Perhaps he'll get an opportunity to show off his guard skills to scouts leading up to the draft.
Nov 26 - 10:55 PM

Kentucky DE/LB Alvin "Bud" Dupree has accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Dupree is listed as a defensive end on the event's site, which gives us hope he will be placed into the pass rushing group during practice. The senior has been asked to play a hybrid spot on the edge, when his greatest impact will likely come by rushing the passer. Dupree has a chance to be a real "riser" during the draft process.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 18 - 9:43 AM

Kentucky redshirt sophomore QB Patrick Towles completed 13-of-25 passes for 168 yards and an interception in Saturday's loss to Tennessee.

After marching down the field for an opening field goal, Towles was knocked out of the game on the team's second series. He returned in the second quarter, but was unable to get back on track. Kentucky was already down 20-3 at that point. The sophomore did rush 14 times in the contest, though those carries only went for 28 yards and a short touchdown. Towles has piqued some scouting ears at times this season with his size (6-foot-5, 238 pounds) and mobility. His passing needs work.
Nov 16 - 11:52 PM

SI.com's Inside Read reported that scouts were "shaking their heads" over the way Kentucky has used redshirt senior DE Alvin "Bud" Dupree.

This season, the 6-foot-4, 267-pound Dupree has 5.5 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss. Scouts are intrigued by Dupree's potential outside of the Wildcats' system. "They don’t ask him to get the quarterback," said one scout. "They ask him to do a lot of things, reads on the coverage, set the edge." The scout added that "[Dupree]’ll be a better pro than a college player because he can do so many things." The scout said that if Dupree was gunning for the QB more, his numbers could be similar to Missouri's Shane Ray (12 sacks), who's a possible Top-10 pick.
Nov 12 - 4:31 PM

Central KY News reports that Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops stated that sophomore WR Ryan Timmons has been dropped to No. 2 on the depth chart for "performance related" reasons.

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Timmons is currently Kentucky's leading receiver through 10 games, with 41 catches for 508 yards and two touchdowns. Junior WR Joey Herrick, who has five games and just four catches on his resume will moved ahead of Timmons on the depth chart this week. The Wildcat prospect had a ball go off his hands, which resulted in a interception during the third quarter of Kentucky's loss to Georgia last week.
Nov 12 - 3:20 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline said that Kentucky senior OT Darrian Miller has not lived up to the potential shown on his 2013 game-tape.

Based on the 2013 tape, Pauline initially thought Miller had mid-round potential. The 6-foot-5, 292-pound tackle has not helped himself in the 2014 season. Part of this, Pauline thinks, is because Miller is playing out of position. He's currently at right tackle, while inside-guard suits him better in Pauline's eyes. As is, "Jordan Jenkins of Georgia had his way with Miller on Saturday as the Kentucky lineman looked intimidated at times." Pauline did go on to write that Miller does have potential as an NFL zone-blocking guard, but that "his draft stock has taken a hit in recent weeks."
Nov 10 - 9:26 PM

Kentucky redshirt sophomore QB Patrick Towles completed 16-of-31 passes for 139 yards in Saturday's loss to Georgia.

Towles threw one touchdown and one interception in the game. He also rushed 17 times for 61 yards and a score. Several weeks ago, he was gaining a little steam in the scouting community, with NFL.com's Charles Davis' calling him a legitimate duel-threat quarterback, but Towles has been disappointing in the two games since he put up 466 total yards against Mississippi State. He hasn't cracked 200 yards passing in either contest since and has barely completed more than 50% of his passes. While he's physically imposing (6-foot-5, 238 pounds), the third-year sophomore is going to have to show more consistency throwing the ball if he's going to be considered as a serious candidate for the next level.
Nov 9 - 3:16 PM

Kentucky redshirt sophomore QB Patrick Towles threw for 158 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 20-10 loss to Missouri.

Towles was starting to catch the attention of NFL scouts after he and Kentucky gamely pushed Mississippi State a week ago (Towles threw for 380 yards and two touchdowns in that contest), but Missouri's defense clamped down on the redshirt sophomore on Saturday. Towles was 19-of-37 for 158 yards against the Tigers. His touchdown came with just over three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, when the game was pretty much out of reach. At 6-foot-5 and 238-pounds, Towles is a huge player. His frame and physicality are enough on their own to put him on the radar. NFL.com's Charles Davis recently wrote that Towles was "no system quarterback" and that "he's a dual threat, even at that size."
Nov 1 - 8:32 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis noted that Kentucky redshirt sophomore QB Patrick Towles is "making the most of his opportunity" to start.

Towles had to wait two years to get his starting opportunity (he redshirted as a freshman), but he is making the most of the starting gig. "He has tremendous size at 6-5, 238 pounds and is a big, physical player. He's assumed control of that offense and helped make Kentucky a very dangerous out in the SEC," wrote Davis. Most recently, Towles was seen putting up a 380 yard, two TD performance against Mississippi State. It was the kind of big game performance that catches the attention of NFL scouts. "This is no system QB -- he's a dual threat, even at his size, and runs with some serious physicality."
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 6:10 PM

Kentucky redshirt senior DE Alvin "Bud" Dupree "is going to test well at the combine" according to ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.

Kiper welcomed Dupree to his Big Board at #21 and thinks that NFL teams will be impressed with Bud's raw measurables. Kiper predicts a combine 40-time of somewhere in the neighborhood of 4.68 seconds. The 6-foot-4, 267-pound Dupree put in a big performance against Mississippi State on Saturday, recording 10 tackles, a sack and two QB hurries. Kiper notes that Dupree "has explosive quickness off the snap and the ability to turn that into power and drive tackles back." Beyond the football side of things, Kiper sees Dupree as "a tremendous kid, a tremendous worker and a special athlete," all fitting attributes for somebody with the nickname "Bud."
Oct 29 - 6:38 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that after Kentucky redshirt senior DE Alvin "Bud" Dupree's performance against Mississippi State "scouts are leaving Lexington with high grades on the Wildcats' pass rusher."

"Kentucky is a program on the rise, but it didn't have enough to upset Mississippi State on Saturday. However, it was a good showcase game for Dupree, who showed why scouts are leaving Lexington with high grades on the Wildcats' pass rusher," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 267-pound DE led the defense in 10 tackles Saturday, with 1.5 tackles for loss, while adding a sack and two QB hurries. Brugler notes that Dupree "needs to improve in several areas, but the natural athleticism for his size is why he currently appears in the first round of my mock draft."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 28 - 2:14 PM

Kentucky redshirt sophomore QB Patrick Towles "showed off exciting talent that will have every scout taking notice" in Saturday's game against Mississippi State, wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Towles is a 6-foot-5, 236-pounder "with surprising speed and a big arm," noted the analyst. The third-year sophomore completed 23-of-42 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday. He also had 76 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. "Towles showed impressive grit, velocity and ball-placement," Rang wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 26 - 6:16 PM


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