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.