2012 NFL Draft Capsule: DE Courtney Upshaw

2012 NFL Draft Capsule: DE Courtney Upshaw
April 7, 2012, 3:10 am
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Courtney Upshaw (DE), Alabama
6-2 265 lbs.
2011 Stats:
52 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 2 FF, INT, TD

Projection:
Mid-to-late first round

Strengths:
Upshaw is a physically imposing player that reads and reacts well in space, and doesn't take many false steps trying to find the ball. Has a good motor and can consistently take on blocks, disengage and make his way toward the football in both the running and passing game. (National Football Post)
Weaknesses:
He's tight in the hips and isn't going to hold up at the next level in space or man consistently. Upshaw can be a bit inconsistent getting off the snap on time and doesn't do a great job changing directions when trying to shed a blocker. He displays only an average burst when in pursuit of the ball. (National Football Post)

Fit for the Bears:
One major area the Bears are looking to improve on is their pass rush opposite Julius Peppers. At this stage in his career, scouts are unsure if Upshaw will be a defensive end in a 4-3 system or an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Selecting Upshaw would be a risk because of that, but the potential reward could pay big dividends.