Anyone paying attention to the 2015 NFL Draft buildup knows about star edge rusher Alvin "Bud" Dupree, but he's just the start of what could be a strong class from Kentucky. Fortunately for head coach Mike Stoops and UK fans, this year's crop could be just the beginning.
Scouts are wary of hailed improvements and once-in-a-lifetime performances at on-campus pro days, and you should be too. NFLDraftScout.com publisher Frank Cooney breaks down how teams dissect pro day numbers.
The strength of the 2015 draft may very well be with its pass rushers, which was demonstrated by the sheer athleticism shown Sunday, with LSU's Danielle Hunter, UCLA's Owa Odighizuwa and Washington State's Xavier Cooper among the most impressive performers.
The 90th edition of the East-West Shrine Game did not bring offensive fireworks but it could help raise the stock of several prospects in the eyes of NFL scouts. Among those who stood out were defensive ends Za'Darius Smith from Kentucky and Miami's Anthony Chickillo and Southern Cal defensive back Josh Shaw.
Dak Prescott and the top-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs won 45-31 but NFL scouts will note strong efforts in the game from Kentucky's top 2015 NFL prospects Alvin "Bud" Dupree and Za'Darius Smith as well as a breakout performance from redshirt sophomore QB Patrick Towles.