Courtney Upshaw earned a four-star ranking for his high school playing days, but his performance at the University of Alabama playing for head coach Nick Saban will make him millions when his name is called this Thursday in the NFL Draft.
NFL Draft Report's Dave-Te' Thomas examines the players who project best to outside linebackers in a 4-3 scheme. Alabama's Courtney Upshaw is an explosive playmaker, while Lavonte David is an underrated tackling machine. It's a sizable drop-off from there, though.
Courtney Upshaw, OLB/DE Alabama
Result (NFL Combine)
Possesses elite-level strength
Very strong upper body
Sets the edge as well as any 2012 prospect
Relies too much on brute strength to rush...
Courtney Upshaw/DE-OLB/Alabama: Hard hitter, sure tackler, closes well. Not a great athlete. Burst is just “good enough.” Maintains speed during his rush angle. Doesn’t always time the snap well, which is a problem because he doesn’t have great burst off the snap. Scheme diverse (played as both 3-4 OLB and 4-3 DE). Dropped into coverage [...]
The Patriots need to address the edge of their defensive front in the draft, and they might have an opportunity to do just that by selecting one of the country's premier big-game players. Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw had three sacks in the team's last two bowl games, and he was dominant in the Crimson Tide's national championship victory against LSU. Yet...
When evaluating linebackers, you almost have to divide them into three entirely different skill sets. Obviously middle linebackers will have different skills outside players, and of those outside backers, you must define them as traditional stack 'backers in the 4-3 defense or the newly popular edge rushers in the 3-4.
Let's take a look at the best of each of the three linebacker...
Alabama pass rusher Courtney Upshaw never said he would run when he spoke with the media on Saturday at the NFL Combine. Now here on workout day for the defensive linemen and linebackers he has chosen not to run in the 40.
“I’m eager to go do the linebacker drills and showcase those drills and execute those drills,” he said. ”I’m a competitor and
I’m ready to compete...
Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama #41
Decent athlete for his size; well above-average mobility for a defensive end. A smart, disciplined player; isn’t overaggressive in pursuit. Stays in his zone and keeps his eyes in the backfield. Impressive change-of-direction ability for an end/linebacker. A scrappy player; very active hands – can really...
One of the biggest names at the Senior Bowl is Alabama's Courtney Upshaw. The defensive standout talks transition to the NFL, and how his career at Alabama has helped prepare him for it…
Courtney Upshaw doesn't appear to have too much to prove to NFL teams at this week's Senior Bowl.
The former Alabama linebacker is a projected first-round draft pick and possible top 10 selection. He says he wanted to play in the showcase game for top senior prospects to ''compete with the best.''
Upshaw is working at defensive end, but says it's not...
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January 24, 2012