NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Alec Ogletree, LB Georgia
Green Bay Packers NFL Draft prospect profile: LB Alec Ogletree
Hometown: Newnan, GA
40-yard dash: 4.70 seconds
Bench Press: 20 reps (225 lbs)
Vertical Leap: 33.5 inches
Broad Jump: 122 inches
20 Yd Shuttle: 4.39 seconds
Three Cone: 7.16 seconds
News and Notes:
He earned the team’s Newcomer of the Year award as a true freshman in 2010. Ogletree moved from safety to inside linebacker at the request of coaches. After he broke his foot against Boise State in 2011, Ogletree missed seven games. He was suspended the first four games of 2012 due to violation of team rules. The final play of his college career was a sack to seal a bowl win over Nebraska.
What they’re saying about him:
NFL.com: “Has excellent speed for the position, can turn on the jets to chase plays down form behind. Beats blocks with hand quickness, plays the position like a safety with a chance to build a frame like a linebacker. Attacks the football when tackling in the hopes of creating a fumble. Outstanding straight-line speed. Plays loose.”
“Overruns a lot of plays between the tackles, struggles to recover. Has a lot of issues dealing with second level blocks from the offensive line, rarely can work over top of them, there winds up walled off. Run and chase player at this point, loses gap integrity with false or wasted steps. Dives or lunges for a lot of tackles rather than running through them and wrapping up.”
CBSSports.com: “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.”
“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 concern following a four-game suspension in 2012, reportedly for violating Georgia’s substance-abuse policy.”
Seems ferocious in the open field, but is a little cautious when up against an offensive lineman
Locks onto the ball carrier and pursues well.
Often lunges at the ball carrier however and that leads to missed tackles. Fundamentals need work.
Ugly helmet to helmet hit. Will be getting multiple fines if he does that in the NFL.
Closed quick on that goal line stand. Ogletree’s speed will be a force to be reckoned with
Ogletree would fit right in on the 2011-2012 Packers defenses: Bad tackling.
Plays very high risk/high reward. He wants a turnover, but he’ll miss plays as well.
If the Packers draft him:
The big question is how badly do the Packers need another linebacker?
With Desmond Bishop, Nick Perry and D.J. Smith all returning, Green Bay’s depth returns at the linebacker position. With Perry and Clay Matthews, the Packers seem set outside and with a recovering Bishop and either A.J. Hawk or Brad Jones next to him, the inside seems to be in decent shape as well.
That said, there is room for improvement but how much Ogletree bring? He’s shown great speed and close rate but he struggles with wrapping up his guy. On a defense that has had issues with that in the past, do the Packers really want another player they have to teach fundamentals to?
Ogletree is incredibly fast, however. Speed is only part of the game at the linebacker position, so if Ted Thompson thinks the Packers can improve Ogletree’s tackling then he may be worth a selection. His current first round status is more a testament to the speed-obsessed NFL than it is to Ogletree’s overall chances at success.
Then there’s the character concerns. His suspension was rumored to be due to a substance abuse violation. Will that be enough to scare Green Bay away?
He could be a great linebacker in the NFL, but with the current state of the position on the Packers, it’s hard to see where Ogletree would fit in Green Bay.——————
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