Is Bud Dupree a top-10 pick, or overrated?
04/29/2015 07:51 PM
Depending on who you ask, former Kentucky football star Bud Dupree is either the hottest pick in the draft or just another overrated bust.
The combo defensive end/outside linebacker posted eye-popping measurables at the NFL Combine in February and has been skyrocketing up draft boards ever since.
Former NFL head coach and current football guru John Gruden really, REALLY likes what Dupree has to offer, pegging Dupree as one of the top targets on the board.
“Dupree is one of the top 10 players in this draft,” said Gruden on ESPN Insider. “He has very good size. I have seen him hold the point and be effective as a run defender in an odd front. I have seen him rush the passer. I also love his playing style because he’ll come out of the stack, find the man with the ball and knock him down hard. He played right end, left end and outside ‘backer. Two years ago I saw him rushing as an inside ‘backer.
“We see all these quarterbacks in the NFL running around and scrambling. You need a Dupree who can find the guy with the ball to get there. This kid can get it done as a pass-rusher in a one-on-one situation, and if you have a creative defensive coach who can scheme some one-on-ones for Dupree, he will be a real problem for tight ends and backs to handle.”
On the other hand, Sports Illustrated lists Dupree as an overrated prospect.
“The flaws in his game as a college player were evident, starting with average awareness and continuing to include a pretty basic pass-rushing repertoire, writes SI columnist Chris Burke. “There are some who believe Dupree is en route to a top-10 pick, be it by Atlanta or the Jets or a team moving around via trade. His current skill set would be a far better value fit another dozen-plus picks later.”
The Mock Draft 3.0 on NFL.com projects Dupree to Atlanta with the eighth overall pick. ESPN has him going sixth to the New York Jets.
But pre-draft projections are exactly that — projections —- and we won’t know which players were good picks, overrated, or busts until after they’ve played several years in the league, at a minimum.
The KSTV crew took a look at Dupree’s resume, both on and off the field, to determine where he best fits in the draft.