Jan 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Courtney Upshaw (41) reacts during the second half of the 2012 BCS National Championship game against the LSU Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

Chargers Interview LB/DE Courtney Upshaw at Senior Bowl Practice

Now here is a name that the draft geeks like to hear. The San Diego Chargers met with Courtney Upshaw yesterday during Senior Bowl practice (Draft Countdown).

Here is his scouting report off of Pro Football Weekly:

A tough, competitive, relentless defender with a professional makeup, Upshaw is thickly muscled and NFL-strong — jolts blockers, gets extension and plays with leverage to stack the run. Was impactful late in his junior season, flashing disruptive ability, closing speed and strong tackling. Is an average athlete, and short arms and small hands are concerning, but is a solid, winning player who projects best as a left outside ’backer in a 3-4 scheme.

Upshaw is climbing up the draft boards and it seems unlikely that he will be available with the 18th pick in the draft. We would have to make a trade up to select him OR his stock would have to start to decline.

Upshaw would be a perfect compliment to Shaun Phillips lining up at outside linebacker and attacking quarterbacks. He also plays the run well and teams that are looking for an outside linebacker for their 3-4 system will have their eyes set on Upshaw.

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  • the gorn

    My concern is his short arms. Can the guy shed blocks if he can’t keep the blocker away from his body?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @the gorn it would still be hard to pass him up if he fell to our draft spot, but I have faith in AJ to pass him up without even blinking an eye.

  • gtr_donald

    Why does it always seem that Dallas picks before San Diego and is looking at the same area of need? I’ve seen a mock draft where Upshaw is drafted by the Chargers (let’s hope) and another where he is picked by the Cowboys, before the Chargers get their pick.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

      @gtr_donald and the Jets are right in front of us also AND I really don’t see Upshaw getting past them.