Georgia OLB Alec Ogletree may fall in huge-risk, huge-reward category

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Alec Ogletree is as talented as any player in the Class of 2013. He is a better prospect than even his Georgia teammate, Jarvis Jones.

NFL Draft Scout scouting report of Ogletree reads: “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.”

Ogletree could be the star from this draft class.

Yet, Jones is expected to be drafted ahead of Ogletree. Several less talented players will be, too.

Ogletree has a history of off-field troubles. As a freshman, he reportedly stole a student’s scooter helmet. Last year, Georgia suspended him for the first four games for a violation of team rules, which, according to reports, was for multiple failed drug tests. Then, two week’s before the combine in February, Ogletree was arrested in Arizona for DUI.

“I’m a good person at heart,” Ogletree said. “Everybody makes mistakes. I feel real bad about the situation. I’m learning from it, and I’m moving forward.”

Actions speak louder than words, and Ogletree will have to prove he has cleaned up his act. But there are few questions about his skills.

He finished his three-year career with 197 tackles, 20 for loss, with six sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles. He was at his best in the SEC Championship Game against Alabama with 11 tackles - nine solo - and a return of a blocked field goal attempt for a touchdown.

Some teams, though, will take Ogletree off their draft boards. Still, he is so talented that someone is expected to take a chance on him at some point in the first round.

“You want to talk about a kid that’s made for the NFL game with an ability to drop and cover, a former safety,” NFL analyst Mike Mayock said. “He’s fun to watch on tape. He flies. He’s explosive. He’s not great against the run, but, boy, in today’s NFL with spread offenses, he’s a great fit. But given the off-the-field issues, and the DUI recently, he’s going to be one of the more intriguing guys to follow throughout the draft.

“If he was clean off the field, I’d be banging the table for a top-10 pick. When you start talking about medical issues or off-the-field problems, you get a risk-reward scenario, and every team is different with how they assign risk versus reward.”

Charean Williams 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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