Georgia Linebacker Alec Ogletree says nearly half of the 25 teams he interviewed with at the combine asked him about his arrest (Credit: AP Photo)
Just weeks before the 2013 NFL combine, Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree was arrested for drinking under the influence while in Arizona. Ogletree has since addressed the issue and says he is trying to move on from the incident.
“I’m a good person at heart, and everybody makes mistakes,” Ogletree said. “I feel really bad about the situation, but I’m learning from it and I’m moving forward.”
Ogletree also discussed the impact his arrest had on his interviews at this year’s NFL combine. According to the linebacker, nearly half of the twenty-five teams he met with asked him about his arrest.
“It was pretty much 50-50,” Ogletree said, via NFL.com. “They asked me, ‘Why should we believe you?’ and stuff like that. Once I gave them an answer, they took what they needed from me and basically moved to the football aspect.”
Prior to his arrest, because of his play this season, Ogletree was considered by most as a first round draft pick. Ogletree had 11.5 tackles for a loss, 3.0 sacks, 1 interception and 111 total tackles in a season in which he looked like one of the best middle linebackers in college football.
Despite the possibility of slipping out of the first round, the Georgia linebacker says he is ready to take whatever he gets and move forward.
“I don’t know what’s it going to do (to my draft stock), but, like I said, I feel bad about it,” Ogletree said. “I’m really sorry about it, but I just have to move forward and take whatever I can get.”
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