Draft Capsule: LB Alec Ogletree

Draft Capsule: LB Alec Ogletree

April 25, 2013, 5:15 am
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Jake Flannigan

Alec Ogletree (LB), Georgia

6-2 | 242 lbs.

2012 Stats:

111 tackles (63 solo), 11.5 TFL, 3 sacks, INT, 6 PD, FF, TD

Projection:

1st-2nd Round

Strengths:

Explosive linebacker who converted to the position after originally beginning his college career as a safety. Ogletree’s coverage skills could be the best among all linebackers in the 2013 draft class. A versatile prospect that can drop into coverage and defend, while also having the ability to attack and create problems for ball carriers in the backfield.

Weaknesses:

Ogletree’s athleticism is a blessing and a curse. Some scouts feel he overruns too many plays and then is slow to recover. While his pursuit of running backs is elite, sometimes offensive lineman create headaches for the former Bulldog when they reach him at the second level. Needs to become better at using his hands to shed blocks.

Fit for the Bears:

Ogletree seems to make a lot of sense for the Bears in the first round. His athleticism and attacking style would be showcased for many years to come and solidify one linebacker spot over the long-term. Lance Briggs, who turns 33 this year, and offseason additions D.J. Williams (30) and James Anderson (29) are not long-term solutions for a successful future of the organization. Although his decision-making skills off the field may be considered questionable, his prowess on the field and in the locker room seems to be rock solid.

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