Player Name: Alec Ogletree
Position: Outside Linebacker
Queen City Sports Ranking: 2nd
Overview: Alec Ogletree was one of the more dominant defensive players in Georgia Bulldog history during his three year career. He started 17 games during the last two seasons and finished the 2012 season leading the Bulldogs with 111 tackles. His most impressive game was against Georgia Tech last season. He finished with a career high 15 tackles in the game.
After a stellar 2012 season, Ogletree was awarded as he was named to the Phil Steele All-America Third Team and All-SEC First Team. In addition, Ogletree was named as one of team’s most valuable defensive players.
Ogletree compiled double digit sacks in eight of the ten games in 2012. The only teams he didn’t reach double digit tackles were against South Carolina and Florida which can raise cause for concern. If he’s unable to perform against top SEC competition, that’s a red flag for some teams.
In 2011, Ogletree earned one of the Georgia’s David Jacobs Awards as a player who, by example, portrays courage, spirit, character and determination. He earned that award after another solid season where he finished with 52 tackles and 3.0 sacks.
Ogletree missed the first six games in 2011 after breaking his foot in the season opener against Boise State. In the Outback Bowl vs. No. 12 Michigan State, Ogletree totaled a career-high and team-best 13 tackles including a two tackles for loss and two pass breakups.
Analysis: Alec Ogletree would be in the conversation as the best linebacker in this year’s draft class if it wasn’t for his two suspensions. Ogletree was suspended four games in 2012 for violation of team rules and was suspended one-game during to begin his freshman year after being arrested on a misdemeanor theft-by-taking charge.
Ogletree is a former safety and maintains the playmaking skills he learned early in his career. He does a very good job of keeping his eyes in the backfield but also shadowing his assignment so he is able to make a quick break on the ball. In addition, Ogletree does a very good job reading the quarterbacks eyes and can quickly diagnose a play as well.
Ogletree is a very strong run defender as well. He moves very well sideline-to-sideline which allows him to track down the running backs on sweeps and pitches. He also possesses great awareness in the run game as he takes good angles to the ball carrier.
Other strengths of Ogletree include his versatility. He is a linebacker who has can drop into coverage easily and is a very solid pass defender. In addition, he isn’t the best pass rusher but is able to cause disruption which can make it difficult to defend him.
Struggles with power runs
Ogletree is a very good linebacker and can be seen making plays all over the field for Georgia. His experience at safety gives him experience most other linebackers lack. His strength in pass coverage is very important as well. Many teams like the Bills have a need for linebackers who can succeed in pass coverage.
His maturity is the only real question to me. If he can get that figured out, he will be a solid linebacker in the NFL for years to come. If not for his maturity issues, he’d be my No. 1 linebacker in this class. A team with veteran linebacker/defensive players would be the best fit for Ogletree.
While Ogletree would be a good fit for the Bills, I don’t see the Bills taking him at No. 8. Most likely Ogletree won’t make it into the second round, so the Bills will need to look elsewhere for a coverage inside linebacker.
Where he likely goes: I see Ogletree being selected in the 20-30 range in round one. Ogletree is one of the top linebackers in this class and I don’t see the maturity issues dropping him out of the first round.
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