2013 Combine: Ogletree's off-field history weighing down stock
Alec Ogletree tried to capitalize on a strong 2012 season and left Georgia a year early, but another off-field incident threatens his first-round prospects.
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.
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