2013 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

by Cory J. Bonini on March 13, 2013 @ 15:18:28 PDT

 


Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree chose to leave the Bulldogs after his junior season to test the waters of the 2013 NFL Draft.

He posted 111 tackles and 3.0 sacks in 2012. Ogletree managed 52 stops, despite missing nearly seven full games the year before.

Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Risk-reward prospect

Strengths

  • Versatility - was a highly regarded safety prospect coming out of high school
  • Athleticism - a sudden athlete with quick-twitch ability
  • Good speed (4.70-second 40-yard dash)
  • Sifts through traffic well
  • Great ball skills and recognition in pass coverage
  • Attacking defender against the run - plays like he is on a mission most of the time
  • Looks to create turnovers - violent hands
  • Plays well coming off the edge
  • Adequate pass rusher
  • Long arms (33 1/2 inches) and big hands (10 inches)

Weaknesses

  • Major injury concerns - durability wasn't his strong suit at Georgia
  • Considerable off-the-field character issues
  • Spends too much time on the ground - lunges and misses a lot of tackles
  • Struggles to shed blocks
  • Lacks instincts - chase-down linebacker at this stage of his maturation
  • Is he a 4-3 strongside 'backer or a 3-4 inside guy?

Expected draft placement

Ogletree comes with significant red flags and a tremendous amount of upside. How much teams are willing to gamble in the risk-reward game is the key factor in determining where he comes off the board. The latter portion of the first round is where his talent belongs, but the intangible concerns are likely to cause a fall into the second.

At the earliest, perhaps the Green Bay Packers take a shot on him with their No. 26 pick, but he is starting to gain momentum as a pick by the Cincinnati Bengals (No. 21).

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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