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Upshaw: Being tough and physical is something I love to do

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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INDIANAPOLIS – If the Green Bay Packers had their pick of the outside linebacker litter in the NFL Draft, Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw would be right near the top of the list. At 6-foot-1, 272 pounds, Upshaw is a physical specimen that is visibly thick. He was one of the nation’s top players for the National Champion Crimson Tide. Some have wondered if he could play defensive end in a 4-3, which Upshaw is willing to do, but he made clear what he’s anticipating in Sunday’s workout. “I’m eager go and do the linebacker drills, No. 1,” Upshaw said. “I’m ready to showcase those drills, execute those drills. Just ready to get at it. I’m a competitor and I’m ready to compete.” Upshaw has the blend of speed, instincts and raw strength to harass quarterbacks. He would be an ideal complement to Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews. Upshaw described his game. “I believe my physical attribute is my strong point,” Uphsaw said. “Being physical and being tough. With me, it’s a mind thing. Growing up playing football, I always wanted to be physical. As a young guy, always going in, throwing my shoulder into something. It was the fun part to me. “Just going out and being tough and physical is something I love to do.” Upshaw said he watches the Steelers’ LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison and the Ravens’ Ray Lewis. The Packers would, likely have to move up to get a shot at the player most consider a Top 10 possibility. “I would (be honored),” Upshaw said. “It’ll feel good to me. But everybody’s got needs. Some teams, I might not be that need. So, of course I want to go first round. Top 10. Top 5. But at the end of the day I just want to get drafted by a team. It’s going to make me feel good at the end of the day.”

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