Steelers Sign 1st Round Draft Pick Bud Dupree

The Pittsburgh Steelers now have six of their eight draft picks under contract as first-round selection Bud Dupree has now signed his four-year contract.

Dupree’s four-year deal should total out at around $8.331 million and include a signing bonus of nearly $4.319 million. Nearly all of that contract will be fully guaranteed and it includes a fifth-year option.

Dupree started 38-of-47 games at Kentucky and he recorded 247 tackles (140 solos) with 23.5 sacks and 37.0 stops for losses during that span. He also caused four fumbles and deflected five passes to go along with one interception and a blocked kick. The Steelers 22nd overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft will more than likely start the season as the fourth outside linebacker on the team’s depth chart behind James Harrison, Jarvis Jones and Arthur Moats.

Earlier in the day, the Steelers signed their fifth-round selection, tight end Jesse James. Still unsigned, however, are seventh-round selection, safety Gerod Holliman and third-round selection, wide receiver Sammie Coates.

  • Xclewsive

    Good news! Not that the personal is out of the way can focus on the field.

  • Terrence Phelps

    Should be able to wrap Coates and Holliman before the weekend.

  • steelersfan

    Nice- get the draft picks done and then Heyward!

  • Devon Day

    Coates more than likely first.

  • Devon Day

    ….. That won’t happen until next year…

  • steelersfan

    This is the last year of his deal. Should get done sometime before or during training camp.

  • gth

    Good pick. Still not sold on Golson as a #2 though.

  • Devon Day

    …. No..

    Next offseason more than likely. Woodleys hefty penalty will vanish.

  • SteelersDepot

    Heyward will likely get done during training camp. I will be shocked if it doesn’t happen.

  • Devon Day

    …. Again.. Woodleys hefty penalty goes bye bye

  • philb80

    Heyward can get extended this year without changing his cap number much, its already about 7 mil

  • steelster

    Wow. Steelers wasting no time. I like it.

  • philb80

    No point waiting anymore with the slotted amounts for rookies, all teams are getting them signed

  • NinjaMountie

    They didn’t have to wait around for money to free up this year. That’s why it seems like they are hustling, lol. I’m with you, it felt like they were more on the ball.

  • philb80

    Yea the only reason teams wait anymore is for cap room june1, usually we have too lol

  • Holliman probably wants a $20-million signing bonus for being what he thinks was the best DB in the draft, and a certain future Hall of Famer.

  • gdeuce

    what are you talking about? he never gave any indication of wanting such things

  • Joking, obviously. But there was certainly some self-aggrandizing on his Twitter feed around the draft, and that’s what I’m implying.

    But if you want me to be completely serious, I actually don’t mind the pick and hope that he turns into a great player for the Steelers. I just have my doubts.

  • Steve Johnson

    Dude, I’m with you there; another one of Colbert’s goofs during the draft. It seems like each year for the past three years, Colbert/Tomlin has made a dumb draft pick that left most people scratching their heads. 2013 – Landry Jones; 2014 – Dri Archer, and 2015 – S. Golson.

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  • gdeuce

    if he doesn’t pan out he was just a 7th round pick but if he does than he was a huge steal, so I think it’s a win win no matter what happens

  • Heather Danis

    It does. It’s off books at end of season


    Woodley dead money really has nothing to do with it.

  • steelirish33

    So, with all your vast advanced scouting, you know already that Golson is a goof? Dude was a pretty productive CB in a pretty good conference. I trust the the professional coaches and scouts. Golson was a ballhawk and consistently made plays on the ball in college. if he was approximately half the length of a football, (3 inches taller), hed be a much better CB? Cortez is 6-1. Hows that working out? Theres been some pretty good CBs in the NFL thats been around Golsons size. I prefer to maybe let this guy play a few downs in a game before hes judged as a goof.

  • NW86

    Nice! I thought that one might drag on a bit, as #22 is right about the breaking point between the guys that get their deals fully guaranteed and the ones that don’t. Not sure if it ended up fully guaranteed or not, but either way it’s nice to see the sides come together so quickly.

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  • steeltown

    hear hear

  • Jason

    You saved me a lot of typing. Well said.

  • Jason

    Comparing Golson to Landry Jones? You’ll be buying his jersey in 3 yrs.

  • superfan

    That’s a really great post, but I hate to tell you this – Golson is short! It doesn’t matter what he did in college, because this is the NFL, and in the NFL all the WRs are 6-foot-4 or taller.

    I’m not going to waste time looking this up, but I personally guarantee that the NFL’s leading receiver last year was over 6′ 4″!

    As you all know, 90% of passes in the NFL are jump balls down the field. There is no such thing as the quick passing game anymore. Nobody uses the three-step drop. It’s all drop back and chuck it up for grabs.

    Just look at the league’s best corner, Darrell Revis. That dude is at least 6’6″. Fact, there has never been an All-Pro corner under 6’0″ tall.

  • pkeats86

    I love this so much.

  • steelirish33

    I respect your post, but heres alittle info for you…leading WRs last year, #1 Antonio Brown is 5-10. #5 Emmanuel Sanders is 5-11. #6 TY Hilton is 5-9. #7 Golden Tate is 5-10. #10 Odell Beckham is 6-0. Thats half of the top ten receivers in yardage last year 6 feet or under. I disagree that 90% of passes are jump balls. Antonio Brown doesnt make his living getting jump balls. As for Darelle Revis being 6-6, I dont know what Revis youve been watching but that dude is only 5-11. Champ Bailey was 6-0 and will be a HoFer. Darrell Green was 5-8 and is in the HoF. Im sure theres more CBs 6-0 and under that were all pros. Those are just a few i can think of off the top of my head. Again, lets let Golson play a few downs and see how he does before we judge him as not being any good or a wasted pick.

  • superfan

    Sorry Irish, I agree with your original post 100%. I was just being sarcastic/stupid with my other response.

  • steelirish33

    Gotcha. Have a good day.

  • srdan

    7th rounders are pretty much undrafted free agents. and if you can nab someone with 14picks that late, to see what they have that made them pick 14 passes, why not do it? To me this pick was a good one.

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  • Zach6432

    Steelers have had good luck with guys that don’t meet measurables. Take a look at Brown & Beachum. Lets just hope this was a hit as well.

  • gth

    Dont get me wrong, I actually like Golson. I just dont think he was worth a 2nd rd pick. To be clear he’s 5’8”1/2 and a 176 lbs. That size/weight is a big issue. He is likely to be hurt all of the time and the NFL is the best of college, so I know it will be much tougher for him. All valid concerns.

    I know everybody says he’s a ball hawk. Well so was/is Holliman and look where he ended up. We have to give him a chance though and I hope he does well, but he’s far from addressing our biggest needs.

    We need outside CB’s more than anything. It’s pretty easy to find nickels and that’s what Golson is. So what does this pick do? it puts Gay on the outside which is very bad for us.

    He’ll be our nickel for years to come and a good one i think if he can put weight on. But we still have outside concerns. Allen was never worth that contract and if he continues to be a laughable “headcase” then WTF? Grant, who knows? I m not that big on him.

    Personally, I really hope Holliman is the guy. That will put Mitchell in the box and Shardildo on the bench.

  • Devon Day

    It actually does. Counts against the cap.

    … :/

  • Devon Day

    …. and that cap issue will be better next year for a higher payraise….


  • gdeuce

    Alex Kozora thiks it’s the worst pick in the entire draft because of his tackling ability and some other stuff

  • Steve Johnson

    No, I’m not that dumb at all; I was saying that Golson just happens to be one of those picks were people scratch their heads and say “Why.” As far as purchasing Golson’s Jersey? I hope you’re right.

  • Steve Johnson

    Jarvis Jones, Curtis Brown (CB), Terry Hawthorne (CB), Crezdon Butler (CB), Joe Burnett (CB), Ricardo Coclough (CB) and Hank Poteat (CB). With the exception of Curtis Brown, I questioned all of those picks as well. The Steelers simply haven’t made smart decisions drafting DB’s dating all the way back to 2000. You can toss in Anthony Smith as well, he was drafted in the 2nd Rd in 2006, a dud. I trust the organization as a whole, their scouting department (DB’s) I have no faith in them at all. Tomlin and his philosophy on drafting DB’s is awful!