Alec Ogletree: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Georgia Linebacker
Make no mistake about it, however. This Georgia product is still one of the better inside linebacker prospects in a draft class where this position seems to go about six or seven deep.
Expect Ogletree to get some decent attention toward the end of Day 1 or beginning of Day 2.
Let's take a look at five things you simply need to know about the talented linebacker as he prepares to adjust to life in the National Football League.
Full Name: Alec Ogletree (September 25, 1991)
Hometown: Newnan, Georgia
High School: Newnan High School in Newnan, Georgia
Major: Child and Family Development
Interestingly enough, Alec Ogletree was ranked 29th nationally by ESPN coming out of Newnan High School in Georgia. He was one spot ahead of another troubled NFL draft prospect, Da'Rick Rogers from Tennessee Tech (via ESPN).
Ogletree also turned down offers from Alabama, Florida and Florida State to sign a letter of intent to go to his home-state Georgia Bulldogs. He finished his high school career with a GPA of nearly 3.0.
2010 (Freshman): 12 games, 34 tackles and 26 solo tackles.
2011 (Sophomore): eight games, 52 tackles, 41 solo, 7.5 for loss, three sacks and two forced fumbles.
2012 (Junior): 10 games, 111 tackles, 63 solo, 11.5 for loss, three sacks and one touchdown.
Ogletree finished the 2012 season fifth among SEC defensive players in tackles and third in solo tackles.
He joined the likes of current NFL players Dannell Ellerbe and Akeem Dent to lead the Bulldogs in tackles from the linebacker position this past season.
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Weight: 242 pounds
Arm Length: 33 1/2"
Hand Size: 10"
Broad Jump: 122.0"
40-Yard Dash: 4.70
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.39
Three-Cone Drill: 7.16
Vertical Jump: 33.5"
Bench Press: 20 reps at 225
Ogletree finished in the top 10 at the combine among linebackers in the 40-yard dash and the more telling three-cone drill. In the process, he showed to us that athleticism is one of his best attributes heading into the draft. In addition, the Georgia product ranked ahead of other solid linebacker prospects such as Sean Porter and Kevin Minter in the broad jump.
Russ Lande filed the following report immediately after Georgia's pro day concluded late last month.
Ogletree looks the part of an NFL linebacker when he walks onto the practice field and then confirmed his skill level as soon as he began moving around. Showing good foot quickness, agility and balance, he changed directions with ease and exploded in the other direction. For such a well-built player, Ogletree’s flexibility to flip hips and change directions so easily in the workout was impressive.
He will definitely provide an upgrade for a team looking to bring in an athletic linebacker who can go sideline-to-sideline in a heartbeat. His stellar performance in the position-specific drills magnified this a great deal at the combine
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Ogletree, who is seen as a fierce competitor, once admitted to playing with a broken foot during his career at Georgia (via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution).
I played two series with it broken. When I did it, I just started saying, ‘man, I think I broke my foot.’ I tried to shake it off but as play kept going I knew I had actually done something bad to it. I was telling all the guys, ‘I think I broke my foot.’ They were just yelling, ’shake it off, man!’ But I could tell it was bad.
That just goes to show you what type of player the team that selects him will be getting.
Alec's twin brother Zander was a teammate at Georgia over the last three seasons, but had to quit football due to medical concerns. No other information has come out, but Zander fully expects to graduate from Georgia this upcoming school year (via Rivals.com).
Prior to his DUI arrest, Alec Ogletree was considered a first-round prospect. While not much has changed due to one off-field incident, the Georgia product may still have to wait until Day 2 to hear his name called.
The inside linebacker class has a bunch of prospects slated to go towards the end of the first day and the beginning of the second day. Where Ogletree ends up depends a great deal on schematic fit.
Ryan Lownes seems to echo this sentiment:
Alec Ogletree gets 1st Rd hype, but I think it's possible he lasts as long as the mid 2nd. ILB/OLB would be a very good fit.
A major bonus here for Ogletree is versatility. As Lownes indicated, it seems that Ogletree could play multiple roles depending on scheme. He seems to fit best as a 4-3 weak-side linebacker but could probably line up on the outside in a similar scheme as well.
Again, this sentiment seems to be widespread around the scouting community, as evidenced by the following Tweet from Matt Miller:
Will be ranking Arthur Brown and Alec Ogletree as outside linebackers, as both could be drafted to play either inside or out.
With that said, Ogletree only fits outside in a basic 4-3. He will not get to the quarterback at a rate that makes him a fit as a pass-rushing linebacker in a 3-4 defensive set.
Vincent Frank is an NFL featured columnist here at Bleacher Report. Vincent is the head sports editor over at eDraft, co-host of Draft Sports Radio, which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. ET, and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus.
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