Kevin Ogletree Declares for NFL Draft

Ben GibsonSenior Analyst IJanuary 9, 2009

Kevin Ogletree, Virginia's leading receiver, is foregoing his senior season to apply for the NFL Draft.

I think I speak for all Virginia fans when I say, "Why?"

I mean, Ogletree is a really good wide receiver and has probably felt disgruntled considering during his tenure at Virginia, he has had to catch passes from Jameel Sewell and third-stringer Marc Verica.

Still, light was at the end of the tunnel.  The introduction of Gregg Brandon meant a spread offense where speed and good hands would be rewarded.

I mean, let's be fair —Ogletree's NFL stock would have only gone up, as I am sure his decent numbers would have gone up in 2009.

Ogletree will graduate this May from UVA and perhaps he is ready to move on to the next chapter of his life. Nonetheless, I think it will be a decision that sets everyone back.

He leaves Virginia as one of only 26 ACC Players to collect two 50-reception seasons in a career, finishing in the top 15 in school history for receptions and yardage.

His presence would have helped restart a Virginia offense which has been stuck in neutral, but now with his departure, the graduation of Maurice Covington and the probable loss of Cary Koch, Virginia is quickly running out of playmakers.

Expect the role of Jared Green to increase exponentially next season.  The redshirt freshman showed glimpses of the talent and determination of his Hall of Fame father, but that is a big role for a player so young.

I hope he can handle it, but more importantly, I hope that UVA head coach Al Groh can do so as well.