The New York Jets will pick 6th overall on April 30th in Chicago at the 2015 NFL Draft. After an active free agency that leaves any draft possibility on the table, what will they do? Let’s take a look at a round one target, EDGE defender Bud Dupree out of Kentucky…
“I’m trying to be number one but I work like I’m number two”
–Bud Dupree on his number selection
* = top 3 performer in position group
Weight: 269 lbs
Arm Length: 32 5/8″
40 yard dash: 4.56*
Vertical jump: 42 inches*
Broad jump: 138 inches*
Dupree is from Irwinton, Georgia where he played both tight end and defensive end at Wilkinson County High School. His senior year he caught 10 touchdowns, had over 1,000 receiving yards and 10 sacks on the other side of the ball.
Dupree also led Wilkinson County’s basketball team to a class A state championship title his senior year, where he was an Honor-roll student. Stayed for his senior year at Kentucky and rounded out his game – specifically his versatility playing both defensive end and outside linebacker in college.
As seen above, Dupree diagnoses the short throw to the flat and chases the target out of
bounds. He is a rounded ‘edge setter’ that can shutdown both outside runs and dump off passes.
With instincts to match his closing speed, he does this often:
As a pass rusher, he is a tad raw but flashes ability to get after the quarterback from the edge.
As seen above, Dupree beats the tackle to the inside with his burst. The guard is the second line of protection, but Dupree uses his power to disengage from the block and create a clear path to the quarterback.
Dupree has a plus motor and can rarely be counted out of a play, no matter how far out of it he originally is:
In the clip above Bud show’s off extremely light feet and the ability to eliminate an improvised play as the quarterback takes off.
As a pure pass rusher, there are times where Dupree is just too overwhelmingly athletic for the opposition. While he does not ‘bend’ (will get to that later), his speed combined with his initial step help him get through the protection as seen below:
At six feet, four inches Dupree can get caught playing too ‘upright’ at times, specifically at the goal line:
It’s difficult to get an initial push off the snap versus an offensive tackle, but in the clip above he fails to gain leverage against a tight end.
In the shot above Dupree is most likely responsible for setting the edge against the left tackle. He overplays and over-commits to the outside, allowing to big of a lane to open inside.
While this is a collectively poor effort from the front seven, he still played a key role in allowing this run to break off.
A common problem with Dupree as a pure pass rusher is that he has no ‘go to’ move. He will never be a player that ‘bends’ around tackles because of how tall he plays, but with his length and power he can develop an array of various moves.
On key passing downs where he is asked to just purely rush the quarterback, he can be too indecisive.
Dupree has the one on one match up against the right tackle but does not make a firm decision of where he wants to attack. With his speed, he could shoot the ‘b’ gap between the guard and tackle here. By the time he opts to go that route, he is locked up.
Fortunately this is also an intriguing, correctable flaw from Dupree. He has the athleticism to develop into a great pass rusher, he’s just not there yet.
Bottom Line: First Round Grade, 4th ranked EDGE, 13th overall player in 2015 class
Dupree is an intriguing option for the Jets as he can be a true edge setter in Todd Bowles’ defense. While he does not possess the pass rush ability as higher ranked prospects Vic Beasley, Dante Fowler, and Randy Gregory, he offers a more versatile skill set.
Bud can take away the flats with his coverage ability, an area that has killed the Jets over the years. With two aging defenders in Calvin Pace and Jason Babin set to play key roles on the edge, the time has come to add youth to this portion of the front seven.
I struggled to label him as a top ten talent as I’m not fully convinced he will ever develop into a game changing pass rusher. He has the size and speed, but concerns of his ‘bend’ and overall short area quickness are legitimate question marks right now.
With that being said, Dupree is a first round talent that will most likely not escape the top fifteen – deservingly so. He can excel in multiple roles, does a lot of dirty work up front in eliminating lanes for the ball carrier to work through, and has rare ability to cover while holding a 270 pound frame.
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