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With The Tenth Pick In The 2012 Stampede Blue Community Mock Draft, The Buffalo Bills Select...

Courtney Upshaw - OLB/DE, Alabama

Pick made by BWhitecap:

This is one of those instances where team needs meets best available. Upshaw is an elite level pass rusher, which is exactly why he is perfect for the Bills. Buffalo managed only 29 sacks last year (tied for 27th), and their anemic pass rush allowed teams to jump out to big early leads or come back in games where Buffalo had the lead. Upshaw will also help Buffalo in their transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defense.

He is fast off the edge, and could certainly fill in alongside Sheppard, Barnett and Kelsay as a blitzing OLB. In a 4-3, he has the versatility to play as strong side linebacker or DE given his size (6'2" 268). Ideally, he could step in right away when the team goes with 3-4 as a blitzing linebacker. If transition to the 4-3 scheme takes place right away, Upshaw could step in on 3rd downs right away as a DE or linebacker, allowing them to put Merriman out to pasture.

His lack of fluidity in coverage means that he couldn't be an every down 4-3 linebacker right away. At Alabama, he struggled against the run at times when coming out of the 3 point stance, so even as a DE he would probably be best served as a blitzing specialist right away. However, I think that he would be good enough to play more than only obvious passing downs next to Kyle Williams, who takes up enough space that Upshaw's problems against the run could be covered.

Hopefully, Upshaw can provide the spark that the Bills need to pressure the QB and hopefully take the Bills back to the playoffs.

Courtney Upshaw Scouting Report from Mocking the Draft

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Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Indianapolis Andrew Luck QB Stanford hoosierstudent
2 St. Louis Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma St. BigBaldRuss
3 Minnesota Matt Kalil OT Southern Cal TheSpear
4 Cleveland Robert Griffin III QB Baylor palco
5 Tampa Bay Morris Claiborne
CB LSU Azrael1987
6 Washington Trent Richardson RB Alabama broadfi2
7 Jacksonville Jonathan Martin OT Stanford Peter Storgaard
8 Miami Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina fpacheco
9 Carolina Michael Brockers DT LSU cwhite916
10 Buffalo Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama BWhitecap
11 Kansas City Ty46
12 Seattle TheBeardedClam
13 Arizona Coltsfan1345
14 Dallas One.Cool.Customer
15 Philadelphia chad72
16 N.Y. Jets moptrepi
17 Cincinnati Guy LeDouche
18 San Diego ColtsFanFromHawaii
19 Chicago Team2 DaBears
20 Tennessee Addai Another Day
21 Cincinnati Guy LeDouche
22 Cleveland palco
23 Detroit Chopaholic
24 Pittsburgh emiller17
25 Denver muncie_in_this
26 Houston melvin shot out of a gun bullit
27 New England Jesse Schindler
28 Green Bay BlueVol03
29 Baltimore Prahasta
30 San Francisco Shastatmasta
31 New England Jesse Schindler
32 N.Y. Giants bobbyblitz