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Draft Prospect Profile: Kentucky DE/OLB Alvin "Bud" Dupree


Dupree is an outstanding all-around athlete and player, and his Combine workout -- in which he finished in the top two edge rushers in the 40, the vertical jump and the broad jump -- underscored his versatile, effective work at Kentucky.

He uses his size well against the run and does a good job setting the edge and holding his ground. Unlike some other potential 4-3 ends and 3-4 outside linebackers, Dupree's skill set should make him an immediate three-down player.

Dupree has experience standing up and as a down lineman, and in a 4-3 alignment could have a dual rush end/base "sam" linebacker role.

He also does some of his best work against screen passes. He has good instincts and awareness, and uses them to diagnose and track the screen as it develops.

When the pass arrives, Dupree's athleticism takes over; he has the burst to arrive at the pass catcher quickly and the thump (at 269 pounds) to deliver a jarring shot. He could force plenty of fumbles in the open field this way.

Of the elite edge rushers in this year's class, Dupree is the one most in need of polish as a pass rusher, and will need some coaching to refine his array of moves -- although he already has a good quick burst to the inside of an offensive tackle.

But he has excellent character and leadership skills -- he was one of UK's captains in 2014 -- and he is one of the most coachable players in the draft. What he doesn't possess now can be coached. And as the Broncos have learned in recent years, Kentucky front-seven players have a habit of outplaying their draft (or undrafted) status.


Dupree also saw some work at inside linebacker at Kentucky, which helped him develop his coverage skills. He could provide an answer to some of the big, fast tight ends in the league, as he possesses the speed and quickness to hang with them. As with his pass-rush moves, Dupree's coverage needs some technical refinement, but he could be an intriguing matchup against Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham and others of their ilk.


Weight:269 pounds
Arm:32 5/8 inches (T-25th among 35 Combine edge rushers)
Hand:9 3/4 inches (T-22nd among 35 Combine edge rushers)
40-yard dash:4.56 seconds (2nd among 30 Combine edge rushers tested)
Vertical jump:42 inches (2nd among 27 Combine edge rushers tested)
Broad jump:11 feet, 6 inches (1st among 27 Combine edge rushers tested)

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