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Road to the Draft: Alec Ogletree

By Jay Skurski

Alec Ogletree

Position: Inside linebacker
School: Georgia
Measurables: 6-foot-2, 242 pounds
40 time: 4.7 seconds. 225-pound bench press: 20 reps. Vertical: 33.5 inches. Broad jump: 12 feet, 2 inches. 20-yard shuttle: 4.39 seconds.
2012 stats: 111 tackles, 11.5 for loss, 3 sacks, 5 passes defensed
Draft projection: First-second round

Lowdown: A converted safety, Ogletree is built for the role of linebacker in today’s NFL. He’s got excellent speed, and can put on more muscle mass without losing it. Can deliver crushing hits. Excellent while in pursuit of the ball. Can match up with running backs out of the backfield.

Because of his aggressiveness, has a tendency to over pursue at times, taking himself out of the play. Struggles dealing with offensive lineman at the second level, getting erased too easily. Fits best on the weak side because of his ability to chase down the ball and his struggles getting through blocks. Finished his three-year career with the Bulldogs with 197 tackles, 20 for loss, six sacks and three forced fumbles. Was a beast in the SEC Championship game against Alabama, with 11 tackles and a blocked field goal he returned for a touchdowns.

Biggest concern with Ogletree is off the field. He was arrested for DUI two weeks before the NFL Scouting Combine in February. He also was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season, reportedly for failing multiple drug tests.

They said it: “You want to talk about a kid that’s made for the NFL game with an ability to drop and cover, a former safety. He’s fun to watch on tape. He flies. He’s explosive. He’s not great against the run, but, boy, in today’s NFL with spread offenses, he’s a great fit. But given the off-the-field issues, and the DUI recently, he’s going to be one of the more intriguing guys to follow throughout the draft.

“If he was clean off the field, I’d be banging the table for a top-10 pick. When you start talking about medical issues or off-the-field problems, you get a risk-reward scenario, and every team is different with how they assign risk versus reward.” – NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to this month's NFL Draft.


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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