Dont'a Hightower (30) and Courtney Upshaw (41) of the Alabama Crimson Tide react after a defensive stop against the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The latest SB Nation 2012 NFL Mock Draft has the New York Jets selecting Courtney Upshaw, an outside linebacker from Alabama, with the 16th overall selection of the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft this April. Let's take a quick look at what Upshaw brings to the table.
SB Nation's Mocking The Draft ranks Upshaw No. 11 in its top 100 prospects list, which was last updated Dec. 1. MTD says Upshaw "has NFL-ready strength and the power" and that he "will contribute heavily as a rookie."
The National Football Post ranks Upshaw No. 18 on its most recent Big Board. NFP's Wes Bunting says "I like him as a 34 outside backer who can play on the strong side, take on linemen at the point and also rush the passer. He's at his best attacking downhill, using his strong hands to disengage and always is around the football. Looks like a year one starter to me at the next level with scheme versatility and impact potential."
Does He Fit With The Jets?
Jets head coach Rex Ryan loves edge rushers, and he really did not have enough in his 3-4 scheme this season. The Jets could be looking for offense here, but a move like this makes sense if they choose to go defense.