Upshaw will compete with Paul Kruger for the starting job. But Upshaw, who has a high motor and is considered a tone setter, is the favorite to take over for Jarret Johnson, who signed with the Chargers in free agency. Upshaw, who had 15.5 sacks the past two seasons at Alabama, will pair with Suggs for a formidable pass-rush tandem.
The Ravens wouldn't have had to get a linebacker this year if Sergio Kindle had panned out. Like this year, Baltimore dropped back in the second round in 2010 when it selected Kindle, who has yet to live up to expectations after fracturing his skull in an off-the-field accident.
Here's a quick scouting report from Scouts Inc.:
Pros: Is disciplined and almost always keeps outside contain. Also does a nice job of utilizing proper shoulder to take on blocks. Has quick, powerful hands to disengage in a hurry. At his best when turned loose up the field (38-percent of his tackles were behind the line of scrimmage). Physical, emotional player. Plays with a chip on his shoulder and can be downright nasty at times. Has a good overall motor. Loves to compete.
Cons: Is short (6-1 5/8) and occasionally gets engulfed by bigger blockers if reached. Will leave feet and fall off some ball carries. Shows tightness in his hips and will be limited in coverage. Has some experience in short-area zone coverage but lacks good instincts.