Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 1/30 - Alec Ogletree, LB, 6-2, 242, Georgia...Slipped to the end of the round because of character concerns, Rams coaches see him as another Keith Bulluck, who played for several of them, including Jeff Fisher, with the Titans. He gets to the ball-carrier fast and aggressively. - The Sports Xchange
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04/28/13 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 1/30 - Alec Ogletree, LB, 6-2, 242, Georgia...Slipped to the end of the round because of character concerns, Rams coaches see him as another Keith Bulluck, who played for several of them, including Jeff Fisher, with the Titans. He gets to the ball-carrier fast and aggressively. - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Linebacker Alec Ogletree knows he lost a lot of money because of mistakes he made while at Georgia, including a DUI arrest a few weeks before the Combine. Considered a potential top-15 pick, Ogletree was selected by the Rams with the 30th pick in the first round. Asked about the difficulty of waiting that long to be selected, Ogletree said, "I was just looking for the opportunity to get my name called. Like I said, coach (Jeff Fisher), they took a chance on me - that's all I was waiting for. As far as where I got drafted, it didn't really matter. I just wanted to be drafted. "Basically, I just had to let them know that everything was behind me. I'm ready to seize the opportunity that they are willing to give me and like I said, I basically have to move forward." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - As for the Falcons, the team Snead worked for prior to becoming the Rams' general manager last year, he said, "This one's probably been in the works a little while. Let's call it over the last couple weeks. They probably flirted with going even farther up along the way, so I think they were trying to get up for a multiple set of picks. They always let us know they would be willing to come up if we were willing to come back." Ogletree lasted as late as he did because of several off-field issues during his college career in addition to being arrested for a DUI a few weeks before the Combine in February.
Said Fisher, "You know people are going to make mistakes and I think that this was a maturity issue. He understands. He learned very well, very quickly here tonight what kind of effect those choices have, but we don't have a concern. We felt, because of some of the issues, that he had a chance to fall. Didn't think he'd go that far, but we were in the right place at the right time." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - Asked what impresses him about Ogletree, Fisher said, "First off, he's a smart football player. He's instinctive, he understands concepts. You can see him making coverage adjustments and anticipating plays. That in itself helps as opposed to someone that is just reacting to something. He'll put himself in position to make plays. He can chase down. As I said, he has excellent speed, pursuit speed to where he can close very quickly. That's what we need in our division."
Added Snead: "A good story. (Linebackers coach) Frank Bush was drawing up a lot of things we're going to see in our division and said, 'Hey what do you do right here?' Basically Ogletree drew a line and said, 'I go right there and make the tackle right at the line of scrimmage.' He didn't get into this or that, he just said, 'I'm going to meet that guy right there.' I think Frank was sold at that moment." Said Ogletree, regarding his off-field incidents, "I was young and dumb and made mistakes in my life. I'm just ready to move forward and start this new chapter in my life." - The Sports Xchange
04/25/13 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 48. LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia (6-3, 242, 3JR)...A run-and-chase linebacker, Ogletree has a lean build and too often gets hung up in the trash. But his explosive speed and range will push him up most draft boards. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/28/13 - 2013 Georgia Pro Day: Representatives from all 32 NFL teams gathered at Georgia’s pro day on Thursday for a workout held outdoors on FieldTurf in approximately 40-degree temperatures. Alec Ogletree, LB (6-2 5/8, 244) - Ogletree ran the 40 in 4.64 seconds with the wind and 4.75 seconds against the wind. He had a 4.57-second short shuttle and a 7.11-second three-cone drill. He also performed 18 strength lifts. His best NFL position is probably as a weak-side linebacker. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/24/13 - 2013 Georgia Pro Day: Another possible Bulldog first-round defender, linebacker Alec Ogletree, showcased his athleticism for the dozens of scouts in attendance, running his 40-yard dash in the 4.58-4.65 range. He was clocked at 4.70 “official” at the combine, which ranked him middle of the pack among linebackers. Ogletree also “starred” in the other drills. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/23/13 - While Manti Te'o said the teams he has met with at the NFL Scouting Combine have moved on pretty quickly from the hoax he was a victim of, Alec Ogletree admitted he has faced a good mixture of questions between football and his off-field issues. That's likely because "issues" is plural. A safety his first year at Georgia, Ogletree made a successful transition to middle linebacker two years ago and declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season. A first-round talent with an intriguing blend of range and closing speed, he also has a troubling string of off-field incidents.
The most recent was a DUI arrest earlier this month. That followed a four-game suspension to begin the 2012 season for at least one reported failed drug test. He was also suspended for a game his freshman season for stealing a scooter helmet. Suffice it to say, NFL teams don't like a series of poor decisions that span three years. And especially not one that comes in the weeks leading up to the most important job interview for NFL prospects.
So while Te'o faced the biggest media throng Saturday, it's Ogletree who finds himself answering the most off-field questions behind closed doors with NFL teams. "I'm a good person, everyone makes mistakes," said Ogletree. "I feel bad about the [DUI]. I just have to move forward and take what I get.
A middle linebacker at Georgia, Ogletree is rated as the No. 2 outside linebacker prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, behind only Bulldogs teammate Jarvis Jones. Ogletree is the No. 27-rated prospect overall, but his once-strong first-round prospects are extremely shaky with several teams likely to take him off their draft boards entirely. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
02/20/13 - Top 10 most intriguing players at the combine: 4. Alec Ogletree, Georgia, LB: He left Athens early after a productive 2012 season for a Bulldog D that seemed to underachieve a little. From an on-field standpoint, many see Ogletree as a top-15 pick thanks to his excellent range and ability to change direction. But his off-field issues are scaring some folks.
While at UGA, he was suspended for four games for an offseason drug test. Then there was last week's news that Ogletree got a DUI recently. He also had a freshman-year arrest for stealing a scooter helmet. Is that too much of a pattern of dubious behavior to chase off some teams? The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported the monetary difference between being the No. 8 pick and the No. 23 pick last season was $4.5 million. To say a lot is on the line for Ogletree would be a big understatement. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
02/18/13 - Former Georgia inside linebacker Alec Ogletree was arrested last weekend and charged with DUI.
Ogletree's agent, Pat Dye Jr., told Profootballtalk.com his client "was pulled over for speeding and a lane violation in Arizona. After the officers smelled alcohol, they conducted tests and also cited him for DUI. Although Alec regrets this incident terribly, he is thankful that there was no accident and that no one was hurt. Because this matter is still pending, we cannot comment further publicly at this time."
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time the highly athletic Ogletree has run afoul of the law. He was arrested and charged with the theft of a Georgia track athlete's motorcycle helmet Sept. 3, 2010, and was suspended for the first game of his collegiate career.
Ogletree was again suspended this year, this time for four games, after he and former teammate Baccari Rambo reportedly failed drug tests.
Clearly, Ogletree has an ugly track record off the field, which teams will need to investigate thoroughly. For some, the most important element of the investigation will begin next week when Ogletree and 332 other prospects will be in Indianapolis for the annual NFL Scouting Combine.
For Ogletree, the athletic testing won't now be as important as the myriad interviews he's likely to have scheduled with teams. Teams will certainly want to interview him because, frankly, every team in the league is searching for athletic hybrid defenders like Ogletree, a highly regarded prep prospect who was considered the crown jewel of Georgia's 2010 recruiting class.
While a natural playmaker with explosive athleticism, Ogletree struggles to disengage with blockers and too often leaves his feet prematurely as a would-be tackler. These are coachable skills that should come as gains more familiarity with the position. As such, scouts feel he can make an immediate impact in the NFL, regardless of which role he's asked to play, a reason why I've projec