Steelers Steal Bud Dupree at No. 22 – Full Analysis


With the No. 22 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected former Kentucky linebacker Bud Dupree. Here’s what our Football Insiders experts thought of the selection:


“Many thought Bud Dupree could go as high as No. 8 overall to the Atlanta Falcons, but his slide gives the Steelers a great value at No. 22. It’s going to be interesting to see how Dupree fits with Pittsburgh as his size would be ideal for a 4-3 end. At the end of the day, it’s a talented defensive player going to the Steelers. They’ll find a way to use him!” – Pat Donovan


“Football Insiders had Bud Dupree as a Top 15 pick. It seems like you can set your watch — if anyone still sets watches – to guys like that falling to Pittsburgh in the 20s. It’s truly uncanny.” – Alex Hickey


“It’s crazy how the Steelers keep refreshing this defense without ever taking much of a step back, but this is exactly how it happens. Dupree is an incredible athlete that probably could have gone in the Top 10. The power he possesses coming off the edge is elite and with some growth he could become a dominant pass rushing talent. But he can step right in, stop the run and already has the size and strength to overpower tight ends. Great addition for Pittsburgh.” – Devon Jeffreys


“This may be the steal of the first round.  Sources tell me that Jacksonville had real discussions about Bud Dupree and they were selecting No. 3 overall!  Dupree was a dominant player in the best conference in college football while playing with virtually no defensive talent around him.  He should fit in perfectly with the Steelers as James Harrison is 37 years old.” – Charlie Bernstein

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