Bud Dupree makes professional debut at NFL Hall of Fame Game
08/09/2015 11:03 PM
CANTON, OH — After being the No. 21 overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft this year, big expectations surrounded former Wildcat Alvin “Bud” Dupree before his professional debut with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Unfortunately, the rookie outside linebacker struggled to find his footing once on the field, totaling just two total tackles (one solo) in three quarters of play in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night.
First-game jitters are expected for a first-year player, especially for one selected as high in the draft as Dupree, but the overall consensus online was that newest Steeler has a lot of work to do before Pittsburgh kicks off the 2015 regular season on September 10 against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots:
Rough NFL preseason debut for Bud Dupree. Think he'll be an excellent pro and has tons of time to improve, but struggled to get off blocks.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) August 10, 2015
As good as Pit '14 1st rounder Shazier played tonight, '15 1st Bud Dupree doesn't have NFL strength and looks lost, he's a work in progress— Mark Dominik (@MarkdominikESPN) August 10, 2015
Bud Dupree looks like a rookie, which is what he is.— Andrea Hangst (@FBALL_Andrea) August 10, 2015
#Steelers LB Bud Dupree looks sluggish and slow. Guess it could be camp legs…want to see his athleticism jump off the screen.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) August 10, 2015
Bud Dupree gotta fight off blocks— Rico Statz #GMS (@ricoNYstatz) August 10, 2015
Man Bud Dupree is hating life right now. Im sure he wishes he could just be out in space. But he will get it eventually— Stephen White (@sgw94) August 10, 2015
Bud Dupree is a rookie, and he’s a very raw pass-rusher to boot. Give him time. I’m guessing the Steelers coaching staff was expecting this.— Michael Schottey (@Schottey) August 10, 2015
Bud will get a chance to redeem himself on Friday, August 14, when the Steelers play its second preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.