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Kentucky's Dupree makes ESPN's NFL Draft 'Big Board'

Kentucky Wildcats defensive end Alvin Dupree (2) chased after Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott (15) as the host University of Kentucky lost 31-45 to Mississippi State University football team at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday October 25, 2014 in Lexington, Ky.  Photo by Mark Mahan
Kentucky Wildcats defensive end Alvin Dupree (2) chased after Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Dak Prescott (15) as the host University of Kentucky lost 31-45 to Mississippi State University football team at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday October 25, 2014 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan Herald-Leader

University of Kentucky senior Alvin "Bud" Dupree made his first appearance Wednesday on ESPN's NFL Draft "Big Board" selected by analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

Dupree, whom Kiper called "a phenomenal athlete" and "intriguing to follow" is the No. 21 NFL prospect on the board, which would make him a first-round pick.

Here is more of Kiper's complete comment on Dupree, who plays defensive end and linebacker for Kentucky:

"A two-way player in high school, Dupree was a good tight end and pass-rusher, and he has settled in at defensive end for the Wildcats. At 6-foot-4 and 260-plus pounds with exceptional athleticism, he has improved a little each year. While he's never put up eye-popping stats, when I talk to SEC coaches, I hear about a player they don't look forward to blocking, and you can see it play out, with extra blocking help often in Dupree's path to the quarterback. He debuts on the Big Board this week at No. 21."

Dupree's next opportunity to show his stuff comes Saturday, when the Wildcats visit Missouri (4 p.m., SEC Network).

Read more about Dupree and view ESPN's entire Big Board here (Insider site).

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