2013 NFL Draft

Alec Ogletree Combine: LB Must Dominate Drills to Alleviate Character Concerns

November 24, 2012; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Alec Ogletree (9) celebrates a tackle for a loss in the second half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sanford Stadium. Georgia won 42-10. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
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Jesse ReedCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2013

Alec Ogletree must make a positive impression at the NFL Scouting Combine this weekend in Indianapolis after getting pinched on a DUI charge just days before the big event. 

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported the incident after he talked to Ogletree's agent, Pat Dye, Jr., who said:

Last weekend, my client Alec Ogletree was pulled over for speeding and a lane violation in Arizona. After the officers smelled alcohol, they conducted tests and also cited him for DUI.  Although Alec regrets this incident terribly, he is thankful that there was no accident and that no one was hurt. 

Ogletree is one of the best players in the 2013 NFL draft, but after getting busted on a DUI charge right before the combine, his name has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

It wasn't the young man's first brush with the law, either. 

Back in his freshman year, Ogletree was arrested on a "misdemeanor theft-by-taking charge" (it was a motor-scooter helmet, valued at $35) and subsequently suspended for one game (h/t Atlanta Constitution-Journal's Tim Tucker).

Then, before this past season, both he and safety Bacarri Rambo were suspended four games after they failed drug tests (h/t ESPN's David Ching). 

Talk about baggage.

Ogletree's penchant for making poor choices has put a massive bull's-eye on his chest as a player with character concerns. 

But if this young man can put all his bad decisions behind him and focus on blowing the combine drills out of the water, he'll be coveted, regardless of his past mistakes.

Ogletree is an instinctive player who has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. The former safety possesses elite athleticism that is consistently evident when analyzing his game tape. He is a sideline-to-sideline defender who hits like a freight train.

If he can post the kind of numbers he's capable of in front of scouts in Indy, suddenly his character concerns will not seem so daunting.

The National Football Post's Russ Lande recently wrote:

In the end, there is little doubt that Ogletree’s past indiscretions raise questions about his ability to stay on the straight and narrow during his career, but they will not cause him to fall out of the first round because these errors in judgment/decision-making are not enough to make teams pass on his potential to become a game changing NFL defender.

If Ogletree doesn't show up in phenomenal shape and blow up the drills like he's capable of doing, then he's going to slip. There's no excuse for this young man. His future is in front of him, and he controls his own destiny.

If he comes out and posts jaw-dropping numbers in the 40-yard dash, the vertical and broad jumps and looks great in positional drills, he will solidify himself as a first-round lock.

 

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