With the NFL season beginning to wind down, we here at the Grill are going to start breaking down the prospects that will be in this year’s NFL draft. For more information on how are grading works, please visit the prospects Page linked here. This will be one of many scouting reports to come. We will begin by profiling the major prospects in the draft and over time we will expand to cover some small school prospects and hopefully, come draft time, we will have about 100 profiles on prospects.
Name: Alvin Dupree
Position: 3-4 Outside Linebacker, 4-3 Defensive End
Weight: 264 Pounds
College: University of Kentucky
2015 Stats: 74 Tackles, 12.5 Tackles for Loss, 7.5 Sacks, 1 Interception (returned for a TD), 1 Pass Breakup, 5 QB Hurries, 2 Forced Fumbles, 1 Blocked Kick
After the jump you will get a breakdown of Alvin Dupree’s pro’s and con’s as well as our grade for Dupree.
Pros: Dupree has an explosive first step with great instincts and a special ability to pursue the quarterback. He has great strength and uses his hands well to shed blockers. He has unbelievable athleticism for a player his size, which gives him positional versatility to play linebacker in a 3-4 despite being almost 270 pounds. Dupree is very agile along with having a great motor who makes tons of plays from behind. Unlike some linebackers in this class, he is very good against both the run and the pass. Dupree has great hip bend and times his jumps on plays where he cannot get to the quarterback very well
Cons: Will not be a linebacker you want to drop back in coverage that often as he is just not natural at it. He needs to develop a more consistent pass rushing move that doesn’t just rely on his power and strength advantage.
Our Take: Dupree is a special talent who is being very underrated at this point of the draft process. He is probably the only true every-down rush linebacker in this draft class as he can play both the run and the pass well. He has a great motor and rarely gives up on plays. He has a history of producing against elite talent and will come in right away and contribute to almost any NFL team
Final Grade: 93 Out of 100
I believe Dupree is the best 3-4 Rush linebacker in the class and I see him shooting up draft boards into the top ten in the coming weeks and months. I just don’t see a player at his size, with his athleticism and work ethic along with two years of high level production does not equate to a high draft pick. He reminds me a ton of LaMarr Woodley in his prime.
Possible Draft Spots: By the time the Draft comes around, some teams I could see considering Dupree are the Redskins at 5, Bears at 7, Falcons at 8, and Browns at 12. If he falls past that range, other teams like the Saints at 13, Eagles at 20, Bengals at 21, and Steelers at 22 would love to snatch him up.
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