As the NFL just released the 2015 NFL Schedule Tuesday, the 2015 NFL Draft is right around the corner and just days away. ESPN.com's NFL Draft expert Todd McShay released his Mock Draft 5.0 Wednesday, and in doing so projects the Pittsburgh Steelers will select pass rusher from the University of Kentucky Bud Dupree with the No. 22 overall draft pick.
Most think the athletic Dupree will be off the board before the Steelers select, but Dupree is the raw type of player who has the exceptional ability to get to the quarterback the Steelers have been missing the past few seasons. See what McShay had to say about the selection:
22. Bud Dupree - Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)
COLLEGE: Kentucky Class: Sr HT: 6-4 WT: 269 POS: OLB
Analysis: Cornerback is a big need for the Steelers, so Kevin Johnson and Marcus Peters are possibilities here. But they are also coming off a season in which they had the fewest number of sacks (33) since 1989, and they don't have an impact pass-rusher. Dupree is raw, and needs to show more consistency at the point of attack. But he is an excellent athlete who has tremendous range versus the run, upside as a pass-rusher and the ability to drop in coverage when asked.
Dupree has the tools to be a legitimate outside linebacker for the Steelers, but just as McShay say in his anaylsis, Dupree is extremely raw. If the Steelers decide to go with Dupree if he is still on the board, fans shouldn't expect a player capable of stepping onto the field and dominating on Day 1. Dupree has the athleticism to make plays and contribute, but likely in a reserve role until he gets acclimated to going against better offensive tackles, the schemes of the NFL and the overall faster play at the professional level.
If Dupree falls to the Steelers, this pick could be a no brainer, but with depth also needed at cornerback, nothing is certain heading into April 30th.
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