NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken:
There were so many good games this past weekend. Thank you to whomever invented the DVR because <–more–>it got a workout and I cannot wait to re-watch some of these epic match-ups. The other night, my wife and I sat down to watch TV and she went to the DVR memory, looked over at me and said “there is a lot of football on here, it is getting hard to find my shows.”I tried to explain that it’s for the job, but I am not sure she is buying it. Last night we saw a Jets team come in and give the Patriots a real scare and the defense really struggled in both run and pass defense.
One guy who could come in and help that defense is Alvin Dupree, so I decided to focus on him in my scouting report for the week. Here is what I saw on the film.
Alvin “Bud” Dupree (#2)
School: Senior, University of Kentucky
Weight: 267 lbs.
The first thing you notice when watching Dupree is his electric first step. He is a pure athlete and has a great combination of height, weight, and speed, although on film he does not look to be 267 lbs. He has a knack to read and react to the snap of the ball and is the first player moving. He is a relentless pass rusher that does not give up on a play. Dupree uses his hands well to swat the opposing offensive lineman’s hands away. He shows good bend in his ankles and knees when rushing around the outside shoulder of the opposing lineman. He has a good shoulder dip while still maintaining his balance as well. He can line up with his hand in the ground as well as standing up, allowing him to give multiple looks and the potential to play both DE in a 4-3 or OLB in a 3-4. Dupree is team captain and from all reports, a very high-character guy. In the play I highlighted below, you see Dupree’s explosion, balance, hand use and relentless pursuit.
Right now, Dupree is more of an athlete than a football player. He relies purely on his athleticism and speed to make plays rather than his technique. He lacks pass rush moves other than his speed to get around the offensive lineman. When rushing, he rarely varies his move, always wanting to go around the outside shoulder of the opposing player. He struggles to disengage from the offensive lineman and needs to get stronger. Dupree is rarely asked to drop back in coverage and will need to learn the nuances of the OLB position if he is going to play there in the NFL. I would like to see Dupree be as aggressive on running plays as he is when getting after the passer. In this play, you can see that Dupree lacks the strength to disengage from his blocker and lacks aggressiveness when he has the chance to get back into the play.
As a pure pass rusher, Dupree is one of the best in college football and fun to watch. His snap anticipation and first step remind me of Dee Ford from last year’s draft. He has good size with a frame to get bigger and stronger, which he will need to do to be a better all around player at the next level. Dupree needs to refine his technique and add some additional pass rush moves to be a successful pass rusher. Right now, Dupree would be a situational pass rusher in the NFL, but with his strong work ethic, I think he can learn to become a well rounded player.