Black’s First Prospect Scouting Report: Alec Ogletree, Linebacker, Georgia

Posted: December 27, 2012 in NFL Draft Prospects

Hey Black and Blacker nation. It’s Black here. With the playoffs looming and the NFL combine in 2 months it’s time to start getting back to scouting and projecting that keeps us glued to football during the offseason. Here’s my first scouting report for the 2013 NFL draft.

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Alec Ogletree

College: Georgia

Position: 3-4 inside linebacker

Height: 6-3

Weight: 236 lbs

Position Rank: 2

Projected Round: Late 1st to early 2nd

Alec Ogletree is an athletic linebacker who displays potential as a sideline to sideline defender and is best suited as a 4-3 weakside linebacker. He was suspended for the first 4 games of the season after failing a drug test. When he came back Ogletree stat line looked like he hadn’t even missed time this year. 98 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and interception and five passes broken up in his final 9 games this season. He played safety in high school, and was originally recruited by Georgia as a safety. He does have some questionably character concerns. Besides the failed drug test he was also arrested in September of 2010 for theft and was suspended for the first game of the season.

Tackling

Ogletree isn’t the best tackler coming out of this year’s draft as there were many times where he was getting driven back by ball carriers or going after them with only his arms and not his chest.

Size

Ogletree will need to add more bulk to his frame if he wants play inside linebacker in the NFL. His size as of right now best suits him as Will in the 4-3. His long arms which helps his ability to shed blocks and get those pass deflections at the line of scrimmage should also help him at the next level.

Coverage Ability

Considering that Alec Ogletree was a formally a safety, his coverage ability is better than the average inside linebacker. His instincts in coverage are much more superior to projected number 1 linebacker Manti Te’o.

Run Defense

Because of Ogletree’s sideline to sideline ability and athleticism, Ogletree’s ability to get outside is one of his strengths but between the tackles especially against guard traps and power plays is one of his biggest weaknesses.

Final thoughts

Overall I think Ogletree is going to move up in the draft, maybe into the top 25, after he puts in a great combine showing where his athleticism. Do I think top 25 is a bit high, yeah but if he can add bulk to his frame and get stronger to handle inside runs he can have success at the NFL level.

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