Scouting Report: Alvin Bud Dupree, DE/OLB, Kentucky

Alvin Bud Dupree was a three star recruit from Irwinton, Georgia who played both tight end and defensive end in high school. He was recruited by Auburn, Georgia Tech, and Jacksonville St., but ended up committing to Kentucky. Dupree is projected as a middle first round pick entering the 2015 NFL Draft.

College Career Overview

Dupree played in all 12 games his freshman season at Kentucky and started three of them. Past his freshman season, Dupree started as a sophomore and earned third-team All-SEC after collecting 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. As a Junior Dupree collected 9.5 tackles for loss and 7 sacks. Finally as a senior Dupree collected another 12.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks earning him first-team All-SEC honors.


DOB February 12, 1993 Bench (225 lb) N/A
Height 6’4″ Vertical Jump 42″
Weight 269 lbs Broad Jump 11’6″
Arms 32-5/8″ 20 Yard Shuttle 4.47 sec
Hands 9-3/4″ 3 Cone Drill 7.49 sec
40 Yard Dash (10 yd split) 4.56 sec (1.60 sec) 60 Yard Shuttle N/A


Stats and Awards

University of Kentucky (2011-2014) AP All-SEC First-team (2014)
2014 – 74 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 7.5 sacks, 1 PD, 2 FF, INT, 1 blocked kick All-SEC second team by AP, Phil Steele’s College Football, All-SEC third team by College Sports Madness (2013)
2013 – 61 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 7.0 sacks, 1 PD, 2 FF Sophomore All-America second team by, All-SEC third team by Phil Steele’s College Football, (2012)
2012 – 91 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 1 PD
2011 – 21 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 PD, 1 blocked kick


Scouting Report

  • Has a lot of experience playing zone coverage and man coverage in the flats and over the middle of the field, but stares down quarterback in the backfield as opposed to taking on WR or RB that gets into his zone allowing the WR to get open.
  • Fluid athlete in space
  • Short arms are less than ideal. Has 32′-5/8″ arms, where 34″+ arms are more ideal.
  • Struggles to get off of blocks from tackles and even some tight ends due to lack of correct hand usage, but shows potential with occasional good hand placement to quickly shed the block.
  • Seems content with being blocked with no second level effort
  • Explosive athlete as evident by his dominant combine numbers and very fast first-step.
  • Mainly played 1-gap pass rusher or edge contain as a stand-up (two-point) outside linebacker
  • Mainly a snap-reading defender with good snap recognition to time his get-off from either two-point or three-point stance
  • Not the best speed-to-power transfer
  • Has experience with double teams, and on very rare occasions triple-teamed.
  • Extremely questionable motor. Only shows effort when he’s playside and has a clear shot at the ball carrier. Jogs around the field with no urgency when not involved or when he doesn’t think he can make the play in time.
  • Plays contain well against mobile quarterbacks in the pocket, but gets pulled in by play fakes and read-option leading to big open edge plays.
  • Favorite move is a bull-jerk to disengage from blockers when pass rushing. Sometimes uses it in run defense, but too often uses speed to try and disengage from blockers.
  • It seems like a lot of his impact plays are based on poor blocking or missed assignments, which won’t appear in the NFL nearly as frequently as he relies too heavily based on his pure athleticism to make plays.
  • Rarely strung multiple pass rush moves together, but does shows potential in this regard.
  • Based on statistics people will instantly think Dupree dominated #22 Louisville’s offensive line (QB hits, sacks, and forced fumbles), but I haven’t seen this many blown blocking assignments from a top ranked program in a while. Dupree DID, however, make the most of his opportunities though.
  • Not the best in space in terms of tackling. Tends to be out-of-position to fully wrap up on the ball carrier. This also sets him for occasional last-minute cut blocks.
  • Needs to develop his pass rush techniques, because he’s currently winning his match-ups based on pure speed and physical prowess over the offensive lineman and it shows when he faces any offensive lineman with good technique who stops him in his tracks. Solution: Learn more pass rush techniques like the speed-rip, or get better at stringing together pass rush moves like a speed-bullrush into a bull-jerk utilizing his physical strength.
  • Very scheme versatile in terms of projection to the NFL as he has the attributes to succeed at multiple positions in the 3-4 and 4-3
  • Occasionally will try to deceive offensive lineman by starting very slow and then using change of speed to burst to get free.
  • Needs to finish plays until the whistle is blown.

Film Study

Five games were watched to analyze Dupree’s pass rushing and run defense in this scouting report all from These games were:

  • Florida – 9/13/2014
  • South Carolina – 10/4/2014
  • #1 Mississippi State – 10/25/2014
  • Missouri – 11/1/2014
  • #22 Louisville – 11/29/2014

1. Snap Recognition/First Step Quickness

Dupree is an explosive player off of the snap with one of the fastest, first-steps of any outside linebacker or defensive lineman in this draft. Here Dupree shows an excellent burst off of the line while snap-reading, but gets stood up on the line of scrimmage with a good punch to his breastplate completely loosing momentum.

Another great burst off of the line of scrimmage to help break-up this checkdown pass to the running back. The right tackle’s job is to clear the passing lanes, but Dupree’ impressive first step completely burns him from the snap.

2. Pass Rush Moves

Dupree doesn’t have a developed repetoire of pass rush techniques yet and currently is winning his match-ups immediately off of the snap due to a lightning quick-step or by being physically more dominant than the opposing blocker. Here Dupree shows a very impressive bullrush to completely dominate the RT back into the RB. If no RB was there this is a sack immediately off of the play.

Duprees shows a good fake inside to set up outside pass rush, and hips to turn the corner, but needs to finish the the club-move with a swim and ice-pick to the back of the offensive tackle to save steps and go right through the offensive lineman.

Here’s another club-swim of his where he gets good penetration from a good initial move.

Dupree showed rare flashes of stringing multiple pass rush moves together. Here Dupree actually strung two pass rush moves together. Dupree attempts to club-swim but offensive tackle didn’t bite. However, the offfensive tackle was still off-balanced, so Dupree finished him off with a good club move to get him out of the way. If quarterback held onto the ball any bit longer this would have been at least a hit, if not a sack.

In this play, Dupree needs to get better at planning his next move. After the bull-rush doesn’t work here, the next logical move is a bull-jerk as the right tackle has already dropped his hips to fully take on the bull-rush. The bull-jerk takes advantage of this reaction to the bull-rush to use his weight against him.

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Samuel Gold

Sam founded NFL Breakdowns after working his way through the journalist farm system and is enjoying life in the big league. Growing up outside of Washington, D.C., Sam didn’t choose the Redskins, the Redskins chose him. Out of a love for the game and an insatiable curiosity to determine why his beloved team was underperforming, Sam turned to studying film in NFL Breakdowns.