WEIGHT: 269 pounds
The Saints need pass rushers. Bud Dupree is a very good pass rusher. This form of math isn’t difficult. While he’s raw and needs refinement, he has the natural ability that could make him very enticing to NFL teams. It also helps that he’s a physical freak.
Guys of his stature are not supposed to be able to run a 4.56 40-yard dash. They aren’t supposed to have 42-inch vertical jumps or 138-inch broad jumps. But these are the traits Dupree possesses and they show up on film.
There he is. There he is again. These are the thoughts that go through your mind while watching Dupree go about his business. He has a high motor and almost always seems to be around the ball, crashing the pocket or in pursuit of a run.
He wins with his first step. He’s so often the first man off the ball that it comes as a surprise when he isn’t. While at Kentucky, he often won with his first step and speed, but he also has the ability to bend the edge. Dupree has good flexibility, can bed his knees and ankles while rushing the passer, while also maintaining his balance. These traits, paired with his deadly first step, often allowed him to beat college offensive tackles to the outside. He also knows how to use his hands to swat away blocks.
As a linebacker, he can also drop into coverage. He also shows patience against the run and has the closing speed to chase down linebackers.
The knock on Dupree would be that he is a raw player who wins with his athleticism. He only has a few pass-rush moves and needs to become more refined to win at the next level. When he wins, he wins by beating the tackle to his outside shoulder. He has few, if any, inside moves.
He can get caught playing too high, which allows him to get blocked out too easily at times. And though he shows patience against the run, he can get caught failing to set the edge. There are also times when it seems as though he struggles to recognize and diagnose what’s happening in front of him. One such moment came against Missouri when he rushed the passer, missed the tackle, and then was slow to recover. His high motor allowed him to recover and make a sack. He also is susceptible to play-action fakes and can be slow to recover.
Overall, he carries his size well and is explosive. It’s easy to picture him blossoming at the next level if he is able to refine his technique.
WHERE WOULD HE FIT IN NEW ORLEANS?
The Saints need pass rushers. Dupree can rush the passer. It’s easy to picture him coming off the edge in a 4-3 front or as a 3-4 backer. New Orleans employees both fronts, so this could be a plus for Dupree.
It’s difficult to know how well he can cover since he was mostly limited to dropping back into a zone while at Kentucky. While it’s dangerous to get to say too much here, based on the limited samples, he could be serviceable in this area.
WHERE COULD THE SAINTS DRAFT HIM?
It’s difficult to know since there hasn’t been a consensus on Dupree. If New Orleans wants a stab at him, it might have to dive in at 13. The Saints could also potentially trade down and get him later in the first round. It’s possible, but unlikely, that he’s still there in the second round.