ESPN Draft Expert Todd McShay has long been a proponent of the idea that, with a seven-player free agent haul, which addressed the interior of the offensive line and the secondary, that the Dallas Cowboys could target a pass rusher in this month’s draft--and, he believes, Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw could be that pass rusher.
In a recent conference call, McShay said that Dallas would be getting “a great football player” in Upshaw.
“Not an elite athlete,” McShay said, per the San Antonio Express-News, “but a great football player.
“I keep watching the tape,” he said, “and I know that he doesn’t have the great explosiveness off the ball. I know he’s not an elite athlete. I know he doesn’t really have that burst around the edge, but the guy is always around the ball. He’s tough, he’s physical and he’s strong versus the run.”
McShay has Upshaw going between the 20th and 25th picks, which would mean Dallas would most likely trade down to target the Alabama linebacker. But, according to McShay, this isn’t that unrealistic of an option.
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