Following an incredible 2012 season in which he helped lead a stellar Georgia defense to the SEC Championship Game, linebacker Alec Ogletree is entering the 2013 NFL draft, according to Gentry Estes of 247 Sports:
Georgia LB Alec Ogletree confirms he is foregoing his final season to enter the NFL Draft.— Gentry Estes (@GentryEstes247) January 1, 2013
Ogletree and teammate Jarvis Jones formed one of the best linebacking duos in the country. Jones received all the accolades, including being named to the AP All-America First Team, but Ogletree was the glue that held the defense together.
The 2012 season got off to a rough start for Ogletree, as he had to watch his team from the sidelines. He, along with safety Bacarri Rambo, was suspended for the first four games of the year for violating team rules.
After sitting out the first month, Ogletree returned on Sept. 29 against Tennessee and proceeded to put together his most complete season with the Bulldogs. He finished the regular season with 99 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception and a forced fumble.
NFL teams love inside linebackers who can make plays anywhere on the field, and Ogletree certainly fits that description. He had double-digit tackles in seven of the 10 games he played in for Georgia, including the last five games of the regular season.
In the biggest game of the year for Georgia, against Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, Ogletree racked up 11 tackles, including nine solo, and one tackle for loss. It was a masterful performance for the star linebacker in a game everyone was watching.
ESPN's Todd McShay had Ogletree going No. 17 overall to Cincinnati in his first mock draft (Insiders only).
It was a very good year for Georgia and Ogletree in 2012. Now, the star linebacker has more than earned the right to test the NFL waters.