Courtney Upshaw   #91 OLB

Height: 6-2   Weight: 272   Age: 25

Born: 12/13/1989 Eufaula , AL

College: Alabama

Experience: 3rd season

High School: Eufaula HS [AL]

TCKL

36

SCK

0.0

FF

0

INT

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Draft 2012

Pick No.35

Selected By: Baltimore Ravens

Round: 2

Pick (Overall): 3 (35)

Pick Analysis: Upshaw is a naturally strong player who will be an imposing rush outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment. His athletic ability can be exposed in the open field because he doesn't have great agility or speed, but his understanding of how to use his strength and leverage, as well as his hands, allows him to blanket tight ends at the line of scrimmage and avoid having to run with them across the field. He has overpowered many tackles and running backs through the years. He is at his best against inside runs, and he struggles when having to chase outside. He will also need to develop his footwork and show that he has speed to be an effective pass rusher at the next level. With his size, strength and ability to stop the run, Upshaw has late first-round talent. Look for him to be drafted by a team with a pass-rush specialist opposite of him at outside backer in a 3-4 scheme where he can set the edge, work against tight ends and be a heavy run defender.

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  1. Draft Journey: Upshaw returns to Alabama

    Published: April 16, 2012 at 08:12 p.m.

    Courtney Upshaw goes back to Eufaula, Ala., to reflect on those who helped shape his life before he heads to New York for the NFL draft.

  2. 2012 Combine workout: Courtney Upshaw

    Published: March 23, 2012 at 08:23 p.m.

    Watch Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw work out at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.

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