Prospect: Alec Ogletree, ILB, GeorgiaAlec Ogletree

Height: 6’2½”

Weight: 242 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Impressive all-around athlete with game centered around open field speed to cover sideline to sideline
  • Lacks short area-quickness, more of a long strider
  • Tall linebacker with a lean frame, nowhere near maxed out as a converted safety
  • Strong player despite his frame with likelihood that he becomes even stronger

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Hesitant defender who doesn’t trust what his eyes tell him due to a combination of lack of experience and below average football IQ
  • Struggles with gap discipline as a run defender, related to the slow read and react
  • Motor runs cold occasionally, quitting on plays that he feels he can’t make
  • Was suspended for the first four games of his junior season after failing drug tests during spring practice

Pass Rush:

  • Frequent blitzer with experience off the edge and between the tackles
  • Impressive burst from a standing position to delay blitzes effectively and catch pass blockers out of position
  • Surprisingly effective hand usage as a rusher with high potential as an impact blitzer

Run Support:

  • Can click and close on the ball very quickly moving forward or laterally
  • Big target for run blockers because he doesn’t lower his pad level or use his hands to keep his body clean
  • Very poor hand usage to shed blockers, throws his shoulder into blocks occasionally instead of firing his hands to create separation
  • Struggles to pick his way through traffic due to lack of hands and poor technique
  • Prone to taking poor angles working from inside out on boundary runs, often cuts back inside second level blocks and tries to chase from behind
  • Very high tackler without proper leg drive, has all the power you look for though
  • Often fails to break down in space, continues long strides and doesn’t drop his pads, leads to missed tackles

Coverage:

  • Rangy in coverage with ability to get depth quickly, loose hips to turn and run
  • Very long arms which he gets into passing lanes to good effect, high number of deflections
  • Impressive ball skills as expected of a converted safety
  • Struggles to redirect on play action, slow recognition skills

Overall:

Alec Ogletree is a linebacker prospect who will draw a high variety of reviews from good to bad.  He does have some injury history after missing half of the 2011 season with a broken foot.  As a converted safety, his athletic ability is second to none.  Linebackers who can run like Ogletree don’t exactly grow on trees.  His potential in pass coverage is substantial, an aspect of the game he had a high impact on as a college linebacker.  The problem comes when he’s asked to defend the run.  Quite frankly, he was a bit of a liability for Georgia and certainly will be early on in his NFL career.  He struggles to take on and shed blocks with any consistency and is slow to diagnose plays.  Where he best fits scheme-wise is unclear at this point.  His range as a sideline to sideline defender means you’d love to let him play from the middle and get to the ball at a high rate.  Combine that with his ability to get after the quarterback as a blitzer means his highest upside is probably as an inside linebacker in an odd front.  His best bet may be to play weak-side linebacker in an even front though.  It would simply his reads and does more to keep him working in space instead of playing off blocks.  Either way, there is so much uncertainty when it comes to projecting Ogletree to the NFL.  With the quality of linebackers in this year’s draft, he really should be on the board at the start of the draft’s second day.

2/16/2013 Edit: Ogletree was cited for DUI, which brings his character concerns into even sharper focus.  He was also arrested and suspended as a freshman for theft.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Alec Ogletree Scouting Report

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