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Billsnutt
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6'2

265

          Tkls - Sks - FF

2011 - 46 - 8.5 - 0

2010 - 52 - 7 - 1

2009 - 15 - 1 - 0

2008 - 21 - 0 - 0

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August 15, 2011 at 12:03 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Billsnutt
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Pros


Physical Ability: Uphsaw has the tenacious physical ability that your team will look for in a linebacker.

Durability: Upshaw rarely gets injured.

Size: Upshaw is 6 foot 2 265 pounds.  Upshaw has the ideal size for a 3-4 linebacker.

Learning Rate: Learns new blitz schemes at a very efficient rate.

Football IQ: Smart athletic player with high functioning play recognition skills.

Awareness: Has the awareness to recognize where running backs and dual threat quarterbacks are at all times.

Intangibles: Upshaw displays amazing intangibles bringing a variety of unique attributes.

Tackling Machine: Upshaw displays outstanding tackling ability.  Upshaw can tackle players stopping them flat in their tracks.

Pass Rusher: Upshaw can be a very effective pass rusher.  Upshaw registered 7.5 sacks as a senior and 7 sacks as a junior.

Run Stuffer: Upshaw anchors an Alabama defense that is #1 in run defense.  Upshaw is not the only individual.

Coverage Ability: Upshaw is a good pass defender.  He can play man, zone, or press when dropping back in coverage.  Alabama has the #1 pass defense.  Upshaw’s coverage disabling some of the short and medium passes really makes the Crimson Tide secondaries job a lot easier.

Creates Turnovers: Upshaw has a habit of creating turnovers when getting to the quarterback.  Upshaw can pressure your signal caller to get an interception or he can force fumbles.

Can Play 3-4 Right Outside Linebacker: Uphsaw can play 3-4 right outside linebacker lining up against left tackles.

Can Play 3-4 Middle Linebacker: Upshaw can be used as a 3-4 middle linebacker.

Production: Upshaw has the production that teams look for as a complete 3-4 right outside linebacker.

Potential: Upshaw has the potential to be a complete 3-4 outside linebacker in the mold of a Von Miller.  Upshaw could propel up draft boards just like Von Miller if he gets a Senior Bowl invite and domnates.



Cons


3-4 Only Player: Upshaw looks like a 3-4 only player which is the one real knock on him.

My thoughts on Courtney Upshaw

Upshaw is a 3-4 only player.  He does not have the versatility to play 3-4 and a 4-3 like Von Miller.  Upshaw does have the ability to be a complete linebacker like Von Miller when it comes to intangibles though.  When I see Courtney Upshaw I think of Von Miller with less versatility or a poor mans Derrick Thomas.

http://www.rantsports.com/mock-draft/2011/12/04/courtney-upshaw-scouting-report/

 

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December 16, 2011 at 11:26 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Billsnutt
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Upshaw is a big hitter at the outside linebacker position, and would fit in perfectly in most NFL 3-4 defenses. Great pass rusher, and has the ability to make tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Very strong for a linebacker, and could slide down to defensive end in a 4-3 system if he needed to. At his best, Upshaw is going to be a force to reckon with in someone's 3-4 next season. Very impressive player, and hard to stop when he's healthy.


+Explosiveness

+Motor

+Strength

+Size/Bulk

+Big Hitter

+Pass Rusher

+Run Stopper

+Consistency

 

http://www.pigskinheaven.com/draft/player.php?playerid=1631

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December 16, 2011 at 11:38 PM Flag Quote & Reply

admarc
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Billsnutt at December 16, 2011 at 11:38 PM

Upshaw is a big hitter at the outside linebacker position, and would fit in perfectly in most NFL 3-4 defenses. Great pass rusher, and has the ability to make tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Very strong for a linebacker, and could slide down to defensive end in a 4-3 system if he needed to. At his best, Upshaw is going to be a force to reckon with in someone's 3-4 next season. Very impressive player, and hard to stop when he's healthy.


+Explosiveness

+Motor

+Strength

+Size/Bulk

+Big Hitter

+Pass Rusher

+Run Stopper

+Consistency

 

http://www.pigskinheaven.com/draft/player.php?playerid=1631

Upshaw is pretty much a perfect storm of need, value and system fit for the Bills if they are drafting in the top 15. I am all for adding more pieces from 'Bama's front 7. 

December 16, 2011 at 11:47 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Billsnutt
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Me too!

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December 17, 2011 at 12:47 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Billsnutt
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Courtney Upshaw

6'2, 265 pounds | Alabama


 

First word: In Alabama's pro-style set, Upshaw was used both standing up and with his hand down last season. Versatility is one of Upshaw's biggest strengths. Against Aburn, for instance, Upshaw lined up on the weak and strong side, was used to spy Cam Newton option plays and with his hand down. Upshaw excels at taking on and shedding blockers. Was a starter for the first time in 2010 and a key reserve in previous seasons. For his career, he has 89 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks. Started 11 of 13 games in 2010 and only came off the bench due to an ankle sprain.



Notes:

• Has NFL-ready strength and the power to take on linemen alone and succeed. Uses his hands really well.

 

• Upshaw doesn't have the best athleticism or straight-line speed, but he plays with a lot of effort.

 

• Is at his best when lined up near the line of scrimmage instead of out wide.

 

• Alabama likes to line Upshaw at end in four-man, nickel sets.

 

• As a pass rusher, Upshaw gets most of his pressure standing up cutting around the corner.

 

• Shows a strong rip move to work to the inside. Is better, though, using a bull rush.

 

• Is a fundamentally sound tackler who uses good technique and has long arms. Sinks his hips and fires through the ball carrier.

 

http://www.mockingthedraft.com/2011/6/5/2207823/courtney-upshaw-nfl-draft-prospect-notes

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December 17, 2011 at 12:49 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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