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Path to the Draft 12: Alabama's Upshaw

Courtney Upshaw (Kim Klement/USP)

By now, you might have read about Courtney Upshaw's pro day workout on Thursday. That's just a very, very small piece to the puzzle. Here's a look at the big picture, from the veteran eyes of NFL Scouting's Dave-Te Thomas.

It was fitting that South Carolina's Melvin Ingram had his pro day on Wednesday and Alabama's Courtney Upshaw had his on Thursday. The Southeastern Conference boats the top two linebacker prospects eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft in Upshaw and Ingram. Even though the Gamecocks' Ingram recorded 19 quarterback sacks over the last two seasons, to a man, any league offensive coordinator will tell...

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