Atlanta Falcons Post Free Agency: Mock Draft

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Oct 25, 2014; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats defensive end Alvin Dupree (2) and cornerback Cody Quinn (16) tackle Mississippi State Bulldogs wide receiver De

Alvin “Bud” Dupree; University of Kentucky DE/OLB

Round 1 Pick 8

I came to conclusion that Dante Fowler, Randy Gregory and Shane Ray are all gone at this point. However even if Ray and Gregory were there I would still pick Dupree.  The University of Kentucky isn’t known for it’s football team and usually during recruiting, they receive second tier talent. However, Dupree has been a surefire exception that should be a top prospect considered.  Since his sophmore year, he’s never had less than 6.5 sacks which may not wow anyone but, here’s a fact about who they played.  Kentucky in 2014 played behind in most games (meaning teams are now running the ball) and played against 8 read-option teams.  He is big enough to be able to set the edge similar to DeAndre Levy and big enough to shed double teams in the process.  If anything, Dupree may actually need to slim down for the OLB role in our squad.  Make no mistake, I understand that Beasley is there and had the best combine out of the group but, I think Dupree’s consistent excellence on a squad that was below average only made him the best pick for the Atlanta Falcons.