University of Alabama star Courtney Upshaw is a hulking outside linebacker. He weighed in at 273 pounds at the Senior Bowl this week. That puts him in a rare category in terms of sheer power. Upshaw could be squarely in the sights of the Buffalo Bills when they pick 10th in the NFL Draft in April.
Upshaw measured 6-foot-1 1-2, not quite as tall as ideal, but there are many good pass rushers under 6-3. Cornelius Bennett was 6-2. Pittsburgh's James Harrison is 6-foot, 242. As many have pointed out, the NFL star most similar to Upshaw in body type is Pittsburgh outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who is 6-1 1-2, 265 pounds. Woodley, who has very long arms, has 48 sacks in five seasons for the Steelers. Upshaw's weight gives him the versatility to line up as a down lineman as well as an outside linebacker. He says he's aiming to drop 8 pounds. Here's a story on him at the Senior Bowl from today's Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser. http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20120125/SPORTS0401/201250327/Senior-Bowl-Tide-s-Upshaw-rush-prove-himself-NFL