Alec Ogletree is an inside linebacker who was born in Georgia, grew up in Georgia, and now plays football for the University of Georgia. He is a junior linebacker who has only played in 16 of the team's past 25 games including the 2011 season, but has shown enough in that time to make him a top prospect if he elects to enter the 2013 NFL draft.
Position: Inside Linebacker
Height/Weight: 6'3"/232 lbs
Ogletree is a converted safety who was a standout at Newnan High School. In his senior season, he had 85 tackles, five tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and two blocked kicks on defense. On offense, he contributed 33 receptions for 633 yards and five touchdowns.
Ogletree is a good, but not great tackler. He needs to work on his lower body strength because he can sometimes struggle bringing down bigger runners.
But he is long and strong enough that he can reach out and slow down runners or bring them down from behind. When he has the opportunity to square up, he will almost always wrap up and bring down the ball-carrier.
Ogletree is also capable of delivering a big hit, as he did multiple times over the three games I scouted him. He lowers his shoulder on the move and is able to cleanly drive through the ball-carrier.
Ogletree's biggest asset against the run is his athleticism. He moves so well sideline-to-sideline and is able to track down the running back on sweeps and pitches. He's flexible and balanced, moving through the pile to get to the ball-carrier.
He does struggle at times against power runs up the middle, especially when a guard or the center comes up and engages him. Ogletree simply isn't strong enough at this point to get any push against them, and is often neutralized in these situations.
His awareness is solid, and he is quick in pursuit of the ball. He takes good angles on runs to the outside and is often the first or second defender to the ball. He leads Georgia in tackles right now even after missing the first four games of the season.
Ogletree always seems to be around the ball. He keeps his eyes in the backfield while following his assignment or shadowing the running back, which allows him to make a quick break on the ball.
His experience at safety from high school helps him in coverage, where he is good at reading the quarterback and being in position to make a play. He is a heady player who recognizes what is developing in front of him and more often than not, puts himself in a good spot to make a play.
For an inside linebacker, Ogletree is extremely versatile. He's able to drop back in coverage easily, and while he isn't an especially skilled pass-rusher, he can be disruptive in the backfield.
Ogletree could play any linebacker position. He is strong up the middle, quick around the edges, and athletic enough to cover the tight end or slot receiver.
The only major injury that Ogletree has suffered was a broken foot in the season opener in 2011, which has not seemed to cause any problems since he returned to the field.
Ogletree has had a couple off-the-field issues. He was arrested as a freshman for theft, and was suspended for the first game of the season. He was also suspended for the first four games of 2012 for an unspecified team rule violation.
On the field, Ogletree plays with a good motor. He is aggressive and always finishes the play. Doesn't back down to anyone, and seems to be fiery and competitive.
Ogletree isn't really built like a 4-3 middle linebacker (compared to Manti Te'o at 6'2", 255 lbs or Kevin Minter at 6'2", 242 lbs.). But he has room to put on some weight, and would be ideal as a 4-3 outside linebacker or 3-4 inside linebacker. I see him going in the 20s of the first round.
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