2012 Senior Bowl: Courtney Upshaw Playing Defensive End

Updated: January 25, 2012

If you saw the National Championship game, you saw Alabama’s defense completely smother LSU’s offense en-route to their second championship in the last three years.  Linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Donta Hightower were already coveted draft picks before that game, and now the linebackers’ stocks are sky-high.

Upshaw has been down at the Senior Bowl this week, where he has been making a transition to defensive end from his linebacker spot.

On Upshaw, McShay said that he “showed power as both a run defender and pass-rusher. Upshaw is not an elite speedster, but he used leverage well and consistently won with quickness and power during one-on-one pass-rush drills.”