This is the year of the pass rusher and one of the most talked about players in that regard is Kentucky’s OLB/DE Alvin “Bud” Dupree. Many scouts and draftniks have different thoughts about his skill level and how the defender ranks versus the rest of his draft class. I reviewed six of his games against Missouri, South Carolina, Louisville, Mississippi State, Florida, and Vanderbilt to get a better grasp of the talents and skills he brings to the next level. Here are my thoughts:
OLB/DE Alvin Dupree, Kentucky 6’ 4” 269 lbs.
Cons: The first thing I noticed is that the defender lets the blocker, usually the offensive tackle, into his body when running his direction. This makes it harder for him to anchor his spot and force the play back inside. Dupree doesn’t often initiate contact on runs and needs to close the gap in order knock his blocker off-balance. Although the defender is not overly powerful, he relies on his strength over technique. He needs to get his hands up to strike with force more often and shed to the ball.