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Alec Ogletree, OLB

School: Georgia  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Newnan, GA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 242 lbs.
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3141-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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4.682.661.5620 33 1/210'2"4.397.16
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: A former safety, Ogletree showed off his terrific range and athleticism, making plays all over the field in 2012 and was often the best player on a defense loaded with NFL talent.

Terrific quickness around the edge, capable of making stops in the backfield and is fast in pursuit. Doesn't shy from making the big hit. Arrives with deceiving power and violent intentions. Lengthy frame, athleticism and experience in coverage. Has the long arms scouts like from linebackers.

Excellent special teams player whose ball skills were demonstrated when he leapt high to snatch an onside kick early against LSU in the SEC Championship game.

WEAKNESSES: Needs to be more consistent filling against the run and tackling with better pad level. Leaner than ideal frame. He'll need to show greater strength in disengaging from blockers.

Off-field concerns following a four-game suspension in 2012, reportedly for violating Georgia's substance-abuse policy, and a DUI citation in February.

COMPARES TO: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Atlanta Falcons -- If Ogletree can play with a little more control, he can equal the production of the Falcons' star and perhaps even surpass him. Frankly, there isn't a more exciting linebacker prospect in the 2013 draft. But make no mistake about it, the missed tackles are an issue, which if not corrected, give Ogletree some Aaron Curry-like bust potential as well.

--Rob Rang

Player Overview

Ogletree signed with Georgia as a highly regarded safety prospect. He was a 2009 USA Today All-USA first Team selection and Parade Magazine All-American out of Newnan, Ga., where he was named to the All-Decade team by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

An excellent all-around athlete, Ogletree was a starter on the basketball team and ran the 400-meter dash and the 4x100 relay in addition to participating in the long jump in high school.

That versatility would continue to be on display at Georgia, where he earned the team's Newcomer of the Year award as a true freshman in 2010 while registering 34 tackles in five starts (12 games total) at strong safety.

As Ogletree continued to grow, however, the Georgia coaching staff asked him during the offseason to make the move to inside linebacker. His size and athleticism made him a standout during summer practices heading into 2011, and expectations were high that he'd become a star.

Unfortunately, Ogletree suffered a broken foot in the season opener against Boise State and missed the next seven games. Once he returned, however, Ogletree showed why the team had faith in him, registering just 20 tackles behind team leader Shawn Williams with 52 stops, including 7.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and tying for the team lead with two forced fumbles.

Ogletree suffered another setback when he was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for a violation of team rules. However, he wasted no time making an impact upon his return to the team. He racked up 98 tackles in nine games and announced he would leave the Bulldogs a year early after Georgia beat Nebraska in its bowl game.

"It was a great run while I was here, just want to take a chance on this opportunity to go to the NFL and pursue my dreams," he said. "You don't know where you're gonna get drafted at, but I just felt it was the right opportunity for me to go, and just based on my parents and coaches and stuff like that, I feel like I've got a good hold on the situation."

Ogletree's final play for the Bulldogs was a sack, taking down Nebraska's Taylor Martinez to seal the bowl win. "It's great," Ogletree said. "I was real joyous. Coach called up a blitz for me, and I just took advantage of it and made the sack." - Seth Emerson, The Macon Telegraph

Make no mistake about it, Jarvis Jones is the preeminent pass rusher in the SEC and this team's most bankable star on the defensive side of the ball, but Ogletree is an exciting prospect in his own right who could be a first-round pick himself.

The junior's lanky frame (6-3, 234) and staggering closing speed make him a potentially more dynamic player at the next level than Manti Te'o, though Jones isn't nearly as far along in the subtleties of the position, having only made the switch from safety two years ago.

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LATEST NEWS
04/25/2013 - 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

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