Kentucky pass-rusher Bud Dupree drawing more interest


As Nebraska’s Randy Gregory’s stock slips with a failed marijuana test, there may be a pass-rusher in this year’s draft who ends up going higher than previously though.

Via Chase Goodbread of the NFL Network, Kentucky pass-rusher Bud Dupree had meetings on campus this week with a pair of teams picking in the top dozen, the Falcons (eighth overall )and Browns (12th and 19th).

Dupree was previously considered a late-first-round prospect, so it’s not a huge surprise that teams looking for pass-rush help would be looking at him.

At 6-foot-4, 269 pounds, he has the kind of frame that allows teams that play a 4-3 to project him to defensive end, though some view him as more of a 3-4 outside linebacker. Either way, his 4.56-second 40 and 42-inch vertical leap show the kind of explosiveness he has, and his 23.5 sacks at Kentucky indicates he’s not just a workout warrior.

With a pack of pass-rushers at the top of the draft, the order is going to be a matter of debate, and individual preference.

But it seems Dupree might be higher up the list than previously anticipated.

18 responses to “Kentucky pass-rusher Bud Dupree drawing more interest

  1. Yah, because Kentucky is such a defensive power. First round draft picks from Kentucky usually don’t pan out. Ask the Brown’s about the 1999 draft.

  2. I hope the Steelers don’t draft this guy. They haven’t had much luck drafting LBs especially in the 1st round.

    Timmons is ok, not great, Shazier has potential, Jarvis Jones has proved to be yet another in a long line of overrated SEC players. Huey Richardson sucked, he was the first player that Bill Cowher cut.

    I’m sure that this guy is talented, but he reeks of a Sean Witherspoon type fragile LB.

  3. And we all know LB/Pass Rushers can only come from defensive powerhouses…

    Khalil Mack, Buffalo
    Ziggy Ansah, BYU
    Bruce Irvin, WVA
    Chandler Jones, Syracuse
    Von Miller, A&M
    Aldon Smith, Mizzou

    Players from power houses never fail either which is nice…

    Barkevious Mingo, LSU
    Jarvis Jones, Georgia
    Bjoern Werner, FSU
    Nick Perry, USC

    Maybe teams should just draft players and not schools?

  4. He’s flying under the radar cause he played for Kentucky. Good NFL ballers don’t come out of Lexington very often, but when they do, they can be really really good. See also Randall Cobb, Danny Trevathan, and Larry Warford.

  5. Was under-rated. This recalibration is dead on. He should be mid-teens or early 20’s in this draft.

  6. citizenstrange – There’s only one Black and Gold in the NFL, and they reside in New Orleans. Your team is Black and Yellow just like LSU is Purple and Yellow. I’m an LSU fan, btw.

  7. “Maybe teams should just draft players and not schools?

    I think we have enough evidence to avoid QBs from the following schools:
    Florida St

  8. I think we have enough evidence to avoid QBs from the following schools:
    Florida St
    Also, RBs from Penn State, WRs from Michigan, and DEs from Clemson.

  9. For a team that brings up the rear of the SEC East just about every year they do have a good number of players employed in the NFL.

    Randall Cobb Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver
    Winston Guy Indianapolis Colts Free Safety
    Stevie Johnson San Diego Chargers Wide Receiver
    Ricky Lumpkin Oakland Raiders Defensive Tackle
    Tim Masthay Green Bay Packers Punter
    Chris Matthews Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver
    Corey Peters Arizona Cardinals Defensive Tackle
    Alfonso Smith San Francisco 49ers Running Back
    Jacob Tamme Atlanta Falcons Tight End
    Danny Trevathan Denver Broncos Linebacker
    Larry Warford Detroit Lions Offensive Guard
    Avery Williamson Tennessee Titans Linebacker
    Wesley Woodyard Tennessee Titans Linebacker

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