Alvin “Bud” Dupree spent four years at the University of Kentucky dreaming about accomplishing two major goals.And now, in a span of 10 days later this month and into early May, both will come true when Dupree hears his name called during the NFL draft – likely as a first-round pick – at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. On May 9, Dupree will be back in Lexington, Ky., hearing his name read aloud again as he receives his bachelor’s degree in community leadership. He’s expected to be Kentucky’s first first-round pick since 2003, and he’ll be the first person in his extended family on his mother’s side to receive a college degree.“I feel like both are amazing accomplishments. The draft, I’ve been looking forward to the draft since I was a little kid,” Dupree told USA TODAY Sports. “But at the same time, graduating from college is a once in a lifetime thing.”A conventional decision for a draft prospect of Dupree’s stature – a physical specimen at 6-4 and 269 pounds who was clocked at 4.56 seconds for the 40-yard dash — would have been to put school on hold. He could have left Lexington after wrapping up his senior year and fall semester, moved somewhere warm to train and focus exclusively on his draft preparations. He could have eventually finished up his degree.UK’s Bud Dupree now projected first-round pickBut Dupree figured he could train and study – and that four hectic months would result in the best week and a half of his life.“It’s not just making myself proud, it’s making my family proud,” Dupree said.Getting himself ready for both the draft and graduation hasn’t been an easy process. It required time management as Dupree juggled four classes and an internship along with an intensive physical training plan to prepare him for the NFL combine and his pro day. Kentucky’s strength coaches and trainers developed a pre-draft plan for him, and Dupree squeezed in his workout sessions around his heavy class load.“I would go to class first, as soon as I got out of class, I’d go work out. I may be working out real late sometimes, sometimes I had to work out real early in the morning. I just had to make sure I got it done,” Dupree said.It also required understanding and patience from his professors as Dupree had to miss some classes while he traveled around the country for official visits with NFL teams.“When I’m traveling, I keep up with my teachers and they work with me the best they can,” Dupree said. “I try to do as much work as possible in the short time I have.”UK’s Dupree ready to shine at NFL combineDupree has been in demand, with visits to at least nine teams, including the Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams, Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons, as he’s tried to convince teams he’s worthy of being in the discussion of the best edge rushers in this draft. It’s a crowded group, with talented pass rushers like Florida’s Dante Fowler Jr., Missouri’s Shane Ray, Clemson’s Vic Beasley all expected to be high first-round picks.“What makes me different from those guys is, I’m bigger, and really, I’m bigger and faster than all those guys. I’m more explosive than all those guys, and I can play the run and the pass, and I show a lot of cover skills,” Dupree said. “My numbers probably don’t show it as much as those other guys, because I played in a scheme where I put myself after my team, and didn’t worry about myself personally. I made sure I did what the scheme told me to do.”Indeed, Dupree might be the rawest player among the top edge rushers. He had just 23.5 career sacks in four years at Kentucky, including 7.5 as a senior last season. So as teams are comparing game tape of Dupree versus the others, it could more difficult to predict his NFL potential.“His workout numbers are ridiculous,” said ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay. “God only makes a handful of these type of guys, so you have the tools there to develop, there’s no question about it.”Four Downs | Wrapping UK football’s big springMcShay said his concerns about Dupree is his instincts and how he thinks Dupree’s reaction time is slower while he is “diagnosing” what is happening.“I think he has improved. Clearly, he’s a hard worker. Everyone I talk to says he works hard in the film room and transfers it — or he’s learning to transfer it to the field,” McShay said.