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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.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 7:02 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.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 9:52 PM

Kentucky LB Bud Dupree "looked tremendous in position drills" at his pro day workout, noted TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Coupled with his incredible testing at the combine, as well as the pass-rush skills he displayed the past two seasons, I struggle to see how he gets out of the top 15," Pauline wrote. Thus far, Dupree has met with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets.
Mar 16 - 12:45 AM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline noted Kentucky DE Za'Darius Smith was the "big winner at Kentucky's pro day."

The 6-foot-4 5/8, 274-pounder (11 percent body fat) clocked a 4.69 second 40, a big improvement over his combine time. "He was super impressive in both linebacker and defensive line drills, looking smooth and athletic," noted Pauline. The San Diego Chargers worked Smith out last week, and the prospect has an upcoming workout scheduled with the Carolina Panthers.
Mar 15 - 8:23 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney believes Kentucky senior DE Za'Darius Smith "should be considered a project who needs time and tutoring before a team expects him to show a return on investment in the NFL."

Incredibly, Smith didn't start playing football until 2010. He spent two years at East Mississippi Community College before turning himself into a coveted JUCO prospect. "Smith is certainly willing, with a motor that is revved to red-line all the time, but despite excellent physical ability he is not a natural and has a lot to learn," Cooney wrote. "Even considering he started football late, Smith is taking a long time to learn the game." The 6-foot-4 5/8, 270-pound pass rusher posted 61 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss and two pass breakups last year. "I do think I can get up to 290 and I'll be able to hold that weight very good," Smith said at the combine, mentioning that scouts think he needs to add muscle. "Just being able to get up to 275 after playing at 260 last year, I feel comfortable at it."
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 15 - 5:54 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney believes there is "no reason to believe" Kentucky LB Bud Dupree "won't be a star in the NFL."

"Any team looking for an athletic, versatile, productive, consistent defender, Dupree is all that and more," Cooney wrote. "Dupree has quick feet and hands and is best eluding, rather than confronting, blockers. Dupree added 15 pounds of muscle in college and can use even more to help improve his ability to disengage." Dupree had a huge combine. His standing broad jump of 11-feet, 6 inches finished third amongst all prospects at any position, behind only Byron Jones' world record (12-3) and Jamie Collins' 11-7, which tied the previous Indy record. "I wear uniform No. 2 because I'm trying to be No. 1 but I am working like I am No. 2," Dupree said.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 11 - 6:53 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Kentucky redshirt junior RB Braylon Heard "is a poor man's" Reggie Bush.

The 5-foot-11, 189-pound Heard displays big-play ability out of the backfield, but lacks the ideal size and strength at the next level to be effective in the trenches. The Kentucky prospect could be labeled as a third-down option on passing downs, that can cause mismatches against linebackers in space. Brugler adds that, Heard is a "3rd round option," that "would be a steal in the 4th."
Mar 9 - 2:07 PM

Kentucky LB Bud Dupree "projects as a fringe first-round pick despite his considerable natural ability, and his hands are one of the biggest reasons," notes ESPN's Steve Muench.

"He can do a better job of keeping blockers off his frame and countering when he does get reached," Muench wrote. The 6-foot-4, 267-pound Dupree blazed a 4.56-second 40 time in Indy, faster than the five-year combine average for corners (4.55). "Few players carry their weight as well as Dupree," the analyst wrote. Dupree jumped the farthest amongst LBS with a 11-6 broad jump, and his 42-inch vertical was the second highest of the linebacker group.
Mar 7 - 10:28 PM

Kentucky QB Reese Phillips tore his achilles during spring workouts.

Beat writer Kyle Tucker says Phillips could be back by the fall, but that would shock us. Achilles injuries tend to be a long road of recovery. Phillips was set to enter his redshirt sophomore season.
Mar 7 - 4:48 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that he doesn't "see 32 better players in this draft class" than Kentucky LB Bud Dupree.

"I understand why some consider Kentucky DE/OLB Bud Dupree a 2nd round prospect. But I don't see 32 better players in this draft class," Brugler tweeted. The 6-foot-4, 267-pound Dupree, lined up as both a 4-3 DE and a 3-4 OLB during his time as a Wildcat. The freakish athlete is still a raw talent, who may need more coaching to reach his full potential at the next level.
Mar 4 - 4:03 PM

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


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