Georgia LB Alec Ogletree declares for NFL Draft
"It was tough for me to make the decision to actually come out,” said Alec Ogletree, “but over the break, I met with my family and met with some of the coaches and just talked to the people I needed to talk to to make the decision
“I felt like it was the right one for me to do based on just where I may go,” continued Alec Ogletree, “and the amount of risk it is to come back.”
In fact, Alec Ogletree knew long before the kickoff that Georgia’s bowl game would be his last game as a Bulldogs player. Alec Ogletree is giving up one-year of eligibility to enter the NFL Draft early. The 6-foot-3, 232-pound Alec Ogletree was rated a top-20 NFL prospect by ESPN draft analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr.
Alec Ogletree attributes his versatility as a linebacker who can tackle and play pass coverage towards helping him find a place in the NFL. Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham had lots of praise and hopes of a “bright future” for the “dynamic player.”
"He's got the ability to run things down and hit. He's physical. He's going to get bigger,” said Todd Grantham. “He's a young player. He's a true junior, so the arrow is up on him and I think he's a real dynamic player."
As a former NFL linebacker, who played in a similar position, Todd Grantham believes Alec Ogletree’s set of skills will serve his purpose in the Pro league. The junior linebacker Alec Ogletree only moved to the spot this season after playing at safety as a freshman.
"A guy like him is going to be valued, because in that league, you've got to help your corners outside with the kind of wideouts that people have," stated Todd Grantham. "So if you help your corners outside, somebody's got to play one-on-one. You can't double everybody.
“And a guy like him can play some tight underneath coverage and take away the (Tony) Gonzalez, the (Kellen) Winslows – those premier-type tight ends on the possession routes inside,” added Todd Grantham.
The Bulldogs’ leading tackler Alec Ogletree had 13 tackles, three tackles for a loss, a forced fumble that he also recovered against Nebraska and a sack, in his last game for Georgia. Alec Ogletree ended the he season on 111 tackles and 11.2 sacks for a loss through just 10 games.
Alec Ogletree’s only regret upon leaving Georgia for the NFL Draft was he’s never played a full season. The 22-year old Alec Ogletree was suspended by the Bulldogs for the first four games this season after failing a drug test, missed six games last season with a fractured foot, and was suspended for the 2010 season opener.
"I feel like I had a good career here although I feel like I didn't have the career that I wanted personally," said Alec Ogletree. "But at the same time, the time that I had here on the field, it's wonderful.