Scouting Report – DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw

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DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw:

DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw


Height:  6’2”

Weight: 265 lbs.


  • Relentless pass rusher, doesn’t stop until the whistle is blown
  • Quality first step, routinely wins the battle for the edge
  • Big time hitter, if he gets a shot at a guy they are going down
  • Powerful at the point of attack
  • Smart player, very well coached at Alabama, should adapt quickly to the NFL game.
  • Plays with good leverage
  • Good counter moves,can shed blockers with ease
  •  High motor guy, always around the football
  • Strong Senior Bowl week, showed up really well while rushing the passer


  • A bit of a tweener;  while 3-4 was his system in college, his size and lack of coverage ability make him more of a 4-3 end. His height though could be a problem to some teams.
  • Will get exposed in coverage; if he plays in a 3-4 he needs to be rushing the passer constantly.
  • Not ideal height for a DE or weight for OLB
  • Part of an elite defense in college, may struggle when asked to be ‘that guy’ at the next level
  • Needs to be more consistent setting the edge and stopping the run


Upshaw is one of the many very talented pass rushers in this draft class. Some teams might think he doesn’t have a natural position, but that would be a mistake. While his lack of coverage ability is a question mark for the 3-4, he’s so good that it warrants ignoring. He’s too talented of a pass rusher, which is what his responsibility will be 90% of the time. He could slide a little bit, but he’s a legitimate top 20 talent.

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