The Baltimore Ravens selected second-team All-American defensive end/outside linebacker, Courtney Upshaw, from the University of Alabama with the 35th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
In four years with the Crimson Tide, Upshaw amassed 17.5 sacks, 36.5 tackles for losses and 18 quarterback pressures.
Upshaw will compete with Paul Kruger for the starting strongside linebacker’s job left vacant by Jarret Johnson, who signed a four-year, $19 million contract with the San Diego Chargers.
The 6-foot-1, 272-pounder had 15.5 sacks the past two seasons at Alabama and could be the missing pass rusher the Ravens have been searching for to play opposite of Terrell Suggs.
Now, had Sergio Kindle panned out, the Ravens wouldn’t have had to draft a pass rushing linebacker in this year’s draft. Like this year, the Ravens traded out of the first round in 2010, when it selected Kindle, who has failed to live up to expectations after fracturing his skull in an off-the-field accident
As a senior, Upshaw recorded 52 tackles, 18 tackles for losses and 9.5 sacks.