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Courtney Upshaw Scouting Report

Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 272

Strengths:

  • Great strength and bulk
  • Extremely Versatile – Can play any LB position in a 3-4 and maybe even 4-3 DE.
  • Disciplined
  • 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

Weaknesses:

  • 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.

Career Stats

Year Games Tackles TFL Sacks FF
2011 13 52 18 9.5 2
2010 13 52 14.5 7 4
2009 14 15 1 1 0
2008 13 22 3 0 0
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