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

Mid-to-late first round

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)
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.

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