On Monday, three days before the NFL Draft, the Redskins will be sending their defensive coaching staff out on the road to check out a player who could be one of the top defensive prospects in the draft.
According to the National Football Post, Washington will be sending representatives to meet with edge rusher Bud Dupree, who played his college ball at Kentucky. The meeting will take place near Dupree’s hometown of Macon, Georgia.
Washington holds the fifth overall pick in the draft. Until recently, most observers would think that would be too high a pick for the 6-4, 270-lb. Dupree. Although he displays good speed and is a solid individual (team captain for the Wildcats as a senior), he produced just 7.5 sacks last year and some wonder about his lack of productivity.
However, perhaps that perception is beginning to change. This is from our friends at Rotoworld:
Few prospects are generating as much buzz as Dupree. [Some] could see him taken as early as No. 4 with the Raiders and as late as the Falcons at No. 8. He has ridiculous measurables and teams are fond of his personality, but Dupree's tape is a bit underwhelming.
That all sounds fine, but it’s a good idea to be very wary of prospects who are said to generate late “buzz”. Such late “movement” is usually either the result of media hype or teams throwing out smokescreens.
Look at it this way. Most GM’s, Scot McCloughan included, go by game tape to make their evaluations. Dupree hasn’t played a game since December. How could he move up (or down) anyone’s draft board significantly without having generated any new film?
It’s more likely that the Redskins are visiting Dupree in case the trade down. A pick somewhere between 10 and 15 seems to fit him better.
In any case, it does appear that the Redskins do have some degree of interest in Dupree. It’s hard to see them packing up their defensive staff and sending them on the road about 72 hours before the draft if they didn’t truly want to find out more about him.