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ESPN's Todd McShay noted Kentucky LB Bud Dupree "has been a little inconsistent on tape from one game to the next, but he has really good natural tools and a lot of potential to develop, and he verified that with his [combine] workout."

The 6-foot-4, 267-pound Dupree blazed a 4.56-second official 40 time in Indy. "He won't get a first-round grade from us based on the inconsistency of his tape, but it won't shock me if a team takes a chance on his potential in the first," McShay wrote. Basically everyone agrees with the analyst's take. For instance, NFL.com's Charles Davis said after the combine, "I don't find him as much as I'm looking for" when watching Dupree’s game film, and Daniel Jeremiah said Dupree "is not very refined" and "needs a runway" as a pass rusher. An NFL scout recently told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Dupree is "athletic, but he's got no instincts." Dupree scored a poor 13 on the Wonderlic.
Mar 3 - 7:42 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Kentucky LB Bud Dupree is "athletic, but he's got no instincts."

"I just don't think he's real smart," the scout said. Dupree scored a poor 13 on the Wonderlic. "Very good athlete," one scout said. "Has played both up and down. As he's gotten better the defense has gotten better. Pass rusher. Great kid. He can be a physical player." Dupree, whose 4.56 40 beat Jadeveon Clowney’s number from a year ago (4.59), posted 21.5 sacks in college.
Mar 2 - 12:54 AM

Kentucky LB Bud Dupree "shows an incredible lower-body explosion," NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock said during the NFL Network's Sunday combine telecast.

Dupree blazing 4.56 official time in the 40 beat Jadeveon Clowney’s number from a year ago (4.59). He added an unofficial 1.60-second 10-yard split, a broad jump of 11 feet, 5 inches, and a 42-inch vertical jump. Dupree did not participate in position drills due to a groin injury. We preach keeping testing numbers in context, and this is why: Mayock's colleague Charles Davis said, "I don't find him as much as I'm looking for" when watching Dupree’s game film, and Daniel Jeremiah said Dupree "is not very refined" and "needs a runway" as a pass rusher.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 9:05 PM

Kentucky LB Bud Dupree posted an unofficial time of 4.57 seconds in the 40-yard dash on Sunday.

As TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline predicted yesterday, Dupree beat Jadeveon Clowney’s number from a year ago (4.59). We expect the 6-foot-4, 267-pound Dupree to continue showing extremely well in Indy. "Many were surprised Dupree was listed at linebacker for the combine considering many of the undersized college ends are working out with the defensive linemen," Pauline wrote. "It presents a real opportunity for Dupree who showed himself to be a dominant pass rushing end in college and now has the opportunity to prove he can also play in space."
Feb 22 - 2:26 PM

An NFC East regional scout said Kentucky LB Bud Dupree is a "pure see 'em, get 'em 3-4 rush end."

"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," the regional scout said. The 6-foot-4, 267-pound Dupree lined up as both a 4-3 DE and a 3-4 OLB at Kentucky. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Dupree as the No. 25 prospect in the class. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein likens him to Jamie Collins.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 12:33 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Kentucky edge rusher Alvin "Bud" Dupree "should turn heads in every drill for a 265-pounder."

"Similar to [Vic] Beasley, Dupree started at tight end before moving to defense, using his athleticism to launch off the line of scrimmage to penetrate the backfield," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-4, 267-pound Dupree lined up as both a 4-3 DE and a 3-4 OLB at Kentucky. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the No. 25 prospect in the class. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the No. 25 prospect in the class. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein says Dupree has similar athleticism to Jamie Collins.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 12 - 11:43 PM

Kentucky LB/EDGE Alvin "Bud" Dupree has similar athleticism to Jamie Collins, according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Collins tested off the charts at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2013, and Dupree is going to do the same this year," Zierlein wrote. "He's going to jump high, run fast and have the same kind of explosive numbers that Collins did. Both have freakish closing burst and didn't totally play to their talent in college. Collins unlocked it in the pros. We'll see if Dupree can do the same." The 6-foot-4, 267-pound Dupree lined up as both a 4-3 DE and a 3-4 OLB at Kentucky. ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks him as the No. 25 prospect in the class.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 4 - 11:38 PM

Kentucky LB/EDGE Alvin "Bud" Dupree is "raw but learning, with huge growth potential as a player," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"Freakish athlete with chiseled frame. Outstanding power with ability to rag-doll tight ends at will. Should be an above-average edge-setter. Good transition from playing run to rushing quarterback in play-action. Explosive closing burst. Willing thumper when he has a shot on running back. Can drop into space and play zone. Raw but learning, with huge growth potential as a player," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-4, 267-pound Dupree has showed great versatility with the Wildcats, playing both DE in the 4-3, and OLB in the 3-4 alignment. Kiper ranks him as the No. 25 prospect in the class.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 3 - 4:01 PM

NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks believes Kentucky senior DE Za'Darius Smith has "flashed the quickness, burst and athleticism that scouts covet in nickel edge defenders."

"Smith opened a few eyes last week with his impressive MVP performance at the East-West Shrine Game and he is certainly building upon that momentum with his play in Mobile. The 6-foot-4 5/8, 270-pound pass rusher has flashed the quickness, burst and athleticism that scouts covet in nickel edge defenders," Brooks wrote. The Wildcat prospect has all the tools you could ask for, including an ideal frame, good athleticism, and strong hand use. He was the East-West Shrine Game No. 2 prospect, according to Josh Norris. Brooks writes that, with Smith "dominating his peers on the all-star circuit, the Kentucky standout's stock is poised to soar in pre-draft meetings in a few weeks."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 3:28 PM

Kentucky senior DE Za'Darius Smith "was the [East-West Shrine Game's] most disruptive defender, using his combination of burst off the snap and long arms to slip past offensive tackles and harass the quarterback," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Smith doesn't possess the explosiveness as his former teammate and projected first round pick "Bud" Dupree, but he showed a quick first step and balance, a spin move and an effective bull rush in this game and forced an interception," Rang wrote. "For his efforts, he was named the Defensive Player of the Game." The 6-foot-6, 263-pounder has all the tools you could ask for, including an ideal frame, good athleticism, and strong hand use. He was the event's No. 2 prospect, according to Josh Norris. "Honestly, Smith did not do much [in practice] to impress onlookers this week," Norris observed. "He will not wow with athleticism, however, Smith will win with technique and power. Few use their hands as consistently on first contact and to generate momentum on counter moves. In this deep EDGE class, look from Smith to land on the third day unless he surprises at the Combine."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 5:57 PM

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah praised Kentucky senior DE Za'Darius Smith's "explosiveness" off the snap.

"There were a handful of times Wednesday when he embarrassed the tackle trying to block him with that quickness," added College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "One selling point with Smith, in a weird way, is his inexperience: He has played just five seasons of football (one in high school, two in junior college and two at Kentucky), and with his athleticism, he certainly has an upside once he polishes the rough edges. The question, of course, is whether those rough edges can be smoothed. Smith had 10.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss and 119 tackles in his two seasons with the Wildcats." The 6-foot-6, 263-pounder has all the tools you could ask for, including an ideal frame, good athleticism, and strong hand use.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 4:29 PM

Kentucky LB/EDGE Alvin "Bud" Dupree will not play in the Senior Bowl.

Many were excited to see Dupree at the event, specifically during practices, in the hopes of seeing him shine in pass rushing drills. There is a lot of upfield athleticism there, however, Dupree tends to struggle when attempting to turn the corner. No reason was attached to Dupree's withdrawal, but more information should be announced once the event kicks off.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 17 - 9:55 AM

Kentucky redshirt junior RB Braylon Heard will declare for the NFL draft.

This certainly isn't based on production, as Heard rushed for 830 yards and eight touchdowns on 150 carries. In fact, the decision could be due to a lack of playing time. He was set to graduate in May.
Jan 15 - 11:21 AM

Kentucky senior OT Darrian Miller is "lining up solely at left tackle" at East-West Shrine practice, according to TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline.

"Darrian Miller/Kentucky lining up solely left tackle thus far. I'm ranking him at OG," Pauline tweeted. 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. We believe the Wildcat prospect projects better as an NFL zone-blocking guard. With Miller currently lined up at LT, we hope he gets a chance to show off his talents at guard leading up to the draft.
Jan 12 - 3:01 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Kentucky senior DE Za'Darius Smith "has heavy hands and knows how to use his length, projecting him as a base end."

"A basketball player growing up, Smith didn't play football until his senior year in high school, followed by a few years at the JUCO level and then the SEC where he starred at Kentucky. He has heavy hands and knows how to use his length, projecting him as a base end," Brugler wrote. Smith played in all 12 games with 61 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups for the Wildcats. The 6-foot-6, 263-pounder ranked top 20 in the SEC in sacks, with 7.5 tackles for loss. Smith, a JUCO transfer, uses his hands well to shed at the point of attack.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 9 - 2:02 PM


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