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What a steal! Courtney Upshaw had the biggest free fall in the entire draft, and the Ravens gladly let the physical linebacker fall into their laps in the second round.
The 6'1", 273-pound monster posted 52 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 18 tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and an interception in 2011 for national-champion Alabama Crimson Tide.
He is a versatile player that can line up in many different places on the defensive side of the ball. He is best at rushing the passer with huge bursts of speed and finishes explosion of a sack. He uses his hands well and can get inside the pocket.
This was a great pick for Baltimore. Upshaw is a bit underrated, but I am incredibly high on him. Watching him play in the Alabama defense was a blessing. Everything worked wonderfully for the Crimson Tide defense, and everyone had a place.
Courtney Upshaw will find a similar place in The Charm City. As will Kelechi Osemele who can replace Ben Grubbs at guard. He will destroy any run stuffers, and will be a viable asset on the offensive line.
Bernard Pierce will be a quality NFL backup for Ray Rice, and Christian Thompson and Gino Gradkowski will add to the Ravens depth.