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2015 NFL DRAFT

Alvin Dupree, DE

School: Kentucky  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Irwinton, GA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 267 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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1841

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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STRENGTHS: Productive pass rusher whose success stems from his physical gifts and technique. Dupree possesses long arms, a quick burst, the flexibility to turn the corner and an explosive burst to close when the ballcarrier is near. Dupree varies his rushes, lulling opponents to sleep with one speed and surprising them with an occasional extra burst to generate big plays at critical moments.

He locates the football quickly and is passionate in pursuit, making a number of his plays yards downfield after his initial rush went for naught. He shows the ability to stalk ballcarriers, catching up and closing emphatically for the type of big hits (even from behind) that can result in forced fumbles.

He isn't afraid to leave to his feet and dive to make the tackle, showing good hand-eye coordination to trip up ball-carriers. Good agility and awareness to evade cut-blocks and is a coordinated, cognizant defender in coverage. Was often asked to drop or flatten out his rushes due to his role in Kentucky's defense and should be able to handle these responsibilities in the NFL.

When run at, Dupree shows good lateral agility to slip past the bigger, slower opponents, as well as an understanding of leverage to get under their pads and to create a pile to plug-up the action.

The staff at Kentucky speaks highly of Dupree's work ethic and willingness to switch positions to help the team. Dupree, who has gained 15 pounds of muscle since signing with the Wildcats and was voted a team captain last year, specifically mentioned that he returned for his senior campaign "to help Coach Stoops with the program" and is on pace to graduate with a degree in Community and Leadership Development.

WEAKNESSES: Needs to get stronger. Struggles to rip himself free once engaged, relying on his agility and savvy to slip by would-be blockers, rather than physically breaking their grasp. Rarely gets his hands up to cloud the vision of quarterbacks. Sometimes takes wide angles in pursuit, giving up extra yardage.

COMPARES TO: Kamerion Wimbley, Tennessee Titans - Like Wimbley, Dupree has the blend of length and burst to enjoy a long, productive career as an NFL edge rusher. To achieve his full potential, however, he'll need to get stronger in run support.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

The Wildcats may not have the history of churning out high-end defenders of some other SEC teams, but that won't stop Dupree from earning a first-round selection. Dupree's length, agility and closing speed stand out on tape, as does his comfort playing out of the two or three-point stance. Better yet, his traits translate into production against quality competition, as Dupree (pronounced Doo-prey) is the SEC's active sack leader.

Dupree doesn't come without some red flags. For one, he still needs to get stronger, despite adding 15 pounds of muscle to his frame over his time in Lexington. Secondly, his production has come while splitting duties between defensive end in a 4-3 alignment and as a stand-up outside linebacker. While that versatility is intriguing, it also allowed the Wildcats to find favorable matchups for their star rusher.

Finally, Dupree emerged the past two years in Mark Stoops' highly aggressive scheme that has previously made collegiate stars out of several pass rushers he coached at Florida State, most of whom have struggled to duplicate their success in the NFL.

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10/13/2014 - OCT 6 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Alvin "Bud" Dupree, DE, Kentucky...Intercepted a deflected pass and returned it for the game-winning touchdown with 2:29 remaining in UK's win over South Carolina...Also had six tackles in the game, including one-half tackle for loss...It was UK's first game-winning interception return since 1998...UK's win was biggest fourth-quarter comeback win in school history. - SEC football
 

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