Courtney Upshaw Scouting Report
- Great strength and bulk
- Extremely Versatile – Can play any LB position in a 3-4 and maybe even 4-3 DE.
- Team Captain
- Sets the edge well and is strong against the run
- Quick off the ball, can win with speed or power
- Very physical, likes to hit people
- Sure tackler
- Needs to develop overall pass rushing repertoire
- Jack-of-all, master-of-none type of player
- Lacks height and length for 3-4 OLB in some schemes
- Stiff hips and looks very uncomfortable in coverage
- Struggles to get off blocks when coming from a down stance
NFL Comparison: Kamerion Wimbley
Courtney Upshaw is best suited to play in a 3-4 at the next level. While I think he’s best suited to play outside, he could succeed at inside linebacker as well. Upshaw’s versatility could see him drafted to play SAM linebacker or DE in a 4-3 as well. In a very weak pass rusher class, Upshaw is the best 3-4 OLB available. Upshaw has been a solid, durable, consistent performer for the top ranked Crimson Tide defense, leading the team in sacks and tackles for loss both this year and last. Upshaw has great intangibles, is a team leader, and a hard worker. He may never be a star in the NFL, but he’s the type of guy you plug in and you’ll get solid production out of him for years to come. His best fit would be a team like Baltimore but he could succeed on just about any team that runs the 3-4.