Kentucky Football is a thing. This Saturday, at 3:30 p.m., Kentucky plays the most important game in the program's not so storied history, hosting No. 1 Mississippi State. Ravens scouts will without a doubt be paying attention to this game, and two prospects will command attention.
On the Kentucky side of things, outside linebacker Alvin "Bud" Dupree will be the feature. Standing at 6-4, 267 pounds, he features the quick first step and closing speed coveted in pass rushers. Where Dupree separates as a prospect is in his polish. I believe him to be a better prospect than Clemson's Vic Beasley. Dupree flashes violent hands. They come in use when he shows off his inside swim, rushing from the left, faking outside and coming inside.
I've even seen him recreate Reggie White's fame "hump" move, lifting the tackle off his feet. Dupree is still filling out his frame. Ten extra pounds of muscle could possibly be added without him losing any of his explosiveness. He can be overwhelmed against the run, but that is not unlike most young pass rushers and can be worked over, if the promise of improvement is in the near future. Dupree reminds me of an all too familiar player, Baltimore's very own Terrell Suggs, albeit a younger, hence not quite complete version.
On the opposite sideline at 6-4, 245 pounds, stands linebacker Benardrick McKinney. One of the most interesting prospects in the upcoming draft, I did not peg McKinney as either "inside" or "outside" linebacker since his development in the NFL could go either way.
McKinney is physical and extremely instinctive, though he can look lost in space. He isn't a natural when dropping into coverage. He has outside linebacker length and could potentially add to a defense in the pass rush department. A more athletic Lawrence Timmons would be my present comparison though Mckinney is a unique player.
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