Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Prospect Profile: ILB Alec Ogletree - Georgia

Name:  Alec Ogletree
Height:  6' - 3"
Weight:  232 lbs.
Class:  Junior
Hometown:  Newnan, GA
Date of Birth:  9/25/91 (21 years old)
High School:  Newnan


Year     Class  Solo  Ast    Tot     Loss      Sk     Int   Yds  Avg   TD     PD   FR  Yds  TD   FF
2010     FR      26      8        34       1.0          0.0      0     0        --       0        1       0      0      0      0
2011      SO     41      11      52       7.5          3.0      0     0        --       0        2       0      0      0      2
2012      JR     63      48      111     11.5        3.0      1     0       0.0     0        6       0      0      1      1
Career            130     67      197     20.0       6.0      1     0       0.0     0        9       0      0      1      3

2012 Junior Highlights:

2011 Sophomore Highlights:

Strengths (+): 

+ Good and sifting through traffic for someone his size
Good hand use
Finding the football
Good sideline to sideline speed
Good backside discipline
High motor
Active and relentless pass rusher
Patient and disciplined
Violent tackler

Weaknesses (-):

- Need to get bigger for the NFL
So quick that he can over pursue on occasion
Some people consider him a 'freelancer'
Still learning the nuances of the LB position

NFL Comparison: ILB Lawrence Timmons - Steelers

NFL Analysis:
Former safety (in High School and Freshman year) and needs to get bigger - add some weight and muscle. Hits like a freight train and shows some of the better instincts against the run and pass of the LB class. He's a rangy and long LB who  is pretty good is able to use his body/hands to make plays -- keeping OL/blockers away and swatting passes. If he is able to add the weight/muscle and keep his speed he will be an incredibly dangerous LB as he is is almost fast enough to cover some WRs. I say Ogletree is patient and disciplined despite his reputation for being a freelancer because he's grown much more patient changing roles since entering Georgia's line up. He benefited from a good DL in front of him, but still made plays even if the DL didn't dominate. Ogletree also plays Special teams and has made quite a few plays - grabbing onside kicks (LSU 2011) and returning blocked kicks (Alabama 2012). He will need to show he can get stronger/bigger and still be as extremely quick/fast as he is now to end up a 1st round selection.

Currently projected as a 2nd round selection.  

Raiders Outlook:

There is no way Ogletree can be selected with the Raiders current 1st Round Pick (at #3) and unless a trade down occurs or Reggie McKenzie is able to acquire a 2nd Round Pick another way the Raiders are likely to miss out on the talented ILB. There is also the issue of Ogletree apparently failing a drug test which resulted in a 4 game suspension for him in 2012. Given UGA's process of punishing violators of their drug policy we do not know what substance or substances he may have been involved in. Regardless, following McKenzie's protocol on drafting players I'm not sure Ogletree would fall into the category of "good" on and off the field that seems to be preferred by the new regime.

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