While pass-rushing phenom Jarvis Jones earned the majority of fame and media hype surrounding the Georgia Bulldogs’ dominant defense, inside linebacker Alec Ogletree was a major factor in helping the team earn a trip to the SEC Championship.
Ogletree is an intriguing athletic specimen, as the 6’2” 242 pounder has not only prototypical size, but above-average speed and movement ability. He’s a converted safety, so Ogletree is best used in pass coverage. His 33.48” arms give him the potential to become more effective when stacking and shedding blockers.
Off of the field, Ogletree has been a problem child. He was suspended for one game in the 2010 season after allegedly stealing a motorcycle helmet. In 2012, he was suspended for four games due to failing a drug test. Additionally, he was recently arrested for DUI, a week prior to the NFL Scouting Combine. In order to maintain his relatively high draft stock, Ogletree will have to come clean to NFL front offices regarding his personal issues in order to make a team feel comfortable using a high draft pick on him.
While Ogletree primarily played the strong-side inside linebacker position in the Bulldogs’ defense, he was incredible defending the pass. His athleticism allows him to track receiving tight ends and slot receivers. Due to previously playing defensive back, he has “plus” instincts in passing situations and rarely bites on play-action fakes. He reacts as plays develop and is very fluid with his movements.
Ogletree isn’t a very effective pass rusher, but he did record six sacks in his three years at Georgia. While rushing the passer isn’t his forte, a defensive coordinator could create some creative blitzes for him to disrupt opposing quarterbacks.
Alec Ogletree is very poor in his run support, as he struggles to effectively get off blocks. When guards get their hands on him, he’s out of the play, and he fails to recognize his gap responsibilities. However, he has the length and strength to which he could be coached up to learn proper technique and improve in this key aspect of the linebacker position.
Alec Ogletree is one of the more complete tacklers in the 2013 NFL Draft. He consistently wraps up and drags down ball carriers. He rarely reaches or leaves his feet and always drives through his target. The only negative in the tackling department is that he tends to take some poor angles at times, which can lead to missing his target.
Due to Alec Ogletree’s exceptional pass coverage and average run support, he’d best be utilized as a weakside linebacker in a 4-3 defense, where he’d have the ability to react and make plays. In order to thrive in a 3-4 he’d have to man the weakside inside linebacker position, ideally on a team with a strong defensive line that consistently occupies blockers.
Projected Draft Position
Top 45 pick
Cincinnati Bengals (1.21)
St. Louis Rams (1.22)
Houston Texans (1.27)
Baltimore Ravens (1.32)
New York Jets (2.39)
Buffalo Bills (2.41)
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