No DB in First Round..but Dupree was wise Draft Pick


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Like the majority of Steelers fans around the world I expected Pittsburgh to draft a defensive back with the 22nd overall pick. But passing up on Alvin Dupree, the successor to Brett Keisel was something they could not afford to miss.

On the field, Dupree would give the Steelers a lot of improvement in pass rushing, something they lacked last season. President Art Rooney II acknowledged that was a priority. They finished with 33 sacks and had just 103 quarterback hurries, which was more than 30 percent less than 2013.

The 6-foot-4, 269-pound Dupree gives the Steelers a freakish athlete who reminds me of Jevon Kearse. Someone I still despise for disrespecting the Terrible Towel, but still I respected his game.

Still something of a raw product, Dupree’s instincts have drawn criticism from some scouts, but the newest Steelers defender also showed an ability to dominate linemen and take down passers with explosive closing speed.

An outstanding pick in my book. Welcome aboard Alvin “Bud” Dupree.

Brian Christopher Jenkins