Alec Ogletree’s draft stock expected to fall after latest DUI arrest

2/17/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Georgia prospect Alec Ogletree, who was pegged by many as a potential first-round pick may have cost himself millions of dollars and risked his draft stock due to a boneheaded mistake with the NFL Draft Combine beginning this week. Alec Ogletree’s agent Pat Dye Jr. confirmed that that Bulldogs linebacker was arrested in Arizona last week after being cited for DUI.
"Last weekend, my client Alec Ogletree was pulled over for speeding and a lane violation in Arizona. After the officers smelled alcohol, they conducted tests and also cited him for DUI,” Pat Dye Jr., told ProFootballTalk. “Although Alec regrets this incident terribly, he is thankful that there was no accident and that no one was hurt. Because this matter is still pending, we cannot comment further publicly at this time."
Teams have been drawn to the Bulldogs safety turned linebacker Alec Ogletree, due to his athleticism and undeniable talents. Alec Ogletree is one of the best linebackers available in the draft class – a heavy hitter with quality pass coverage abilities and considerably outsized strength for his 6'3", 232 pound frame. But the recent DUI could give teams lots to think about, while Alec Ogletree’s off-field history could also serve as a distraction to his on-field production and abilities.
On top of the DUI charges, Alec Ogletree was suspended four games by Georgia coach Mark Richt during the 2012 season for positive drug test results dating back to last spring. That’s two serious infractions right there in just over a year. Alec Ogletree was also suspended a game and arrested on theft charges during his freshman season for stealing a track athlete's motorcycle helmet.
Despite sitting out four games last season, Alec Ogletree led the Bulldogs with 111 total tackles, including 10 or more tackles in eight of the 10 games he played that season.
Although teams tend to look into the character of a draft prospect before investing in a first round pick who may display poor judgement and eventually not live up to expectations, talent usually outweighs other issues in NFL. If Alec Ogletree’s lucky, he may not fall further than a few spots from the previous mid-first round projection.
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