Each day this week leading up to Thursday’s
Background: Upshaw was one of the top defensive end prospects of the country coming out of high school, and he lived up to the expectations in his home state. After two years as a reserve, he got into the starting lineup as a junior. Upshaw played a key role as Alabama won a pair of national titles in his time in Tuscaloosa.
Measurables: At 6-foot-1, 272 pounds, Upshaw is on the stockier side for a defensive end, but his speed doesn't show it. He did 22 bench press reps at the scouting combine, three more than the combine-low of 19.
Deserves praise: Upshaw was one of the nation's premier pass rushers the past two seasons, and he is an ideal fit for a 3-4 defense after playing in that defense at Alabama. And he might be even better against the run. He might struggle in man coverage if asked to fill the
Needs work: When it comes to fitting into Baltimore's scheme, it appears that he has few negatives. He may get lost in space in coverage and he might struggle against bigger blockers as he is on the shorter size with shorter arms. Upshaw must also make sure he doesn't pack on much more weight than he is already carrying.
Fun factoid: Upshaw played receiver in high school, which has to be a scary thought for smaller cornerbacks.
Quotable: “Upshaw is a good football player. I think people just don’t know where to play him,”