The St. Louis Rams are getting ready for the NFL Draft. One of the steps the team is taking are the scheduled Pre-draft visits with particular prospects. Georgia's linebacker, Alec Ogletree, is one prospect.
So, with the Rams taking a closer look at the Georgia Bulldog-product, I think it would be a good idea to take a look at him as well.
Here are some of Olgletree's measurables from the combine:
- Height: 6'2
- Weight: 242 lbs
- Arm length: 33.5 in.
- Hand size: 10 in.
- 40-time: 4.70 seconds
- Bench press: 20 reps.
And here's a scouting report from over at CBSSports:
STRENGTHS: 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.
Excellent special teams player whose ball skills were demonstrated when he leapt high to snatch an onside kick early against LSU in the SEC Championship game.
WEAKNESSES: 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.
COMPARES TO: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Atlanta Falcons -- If Ogletree can play with a little more control, he can equal the production of the Falcons' star and perhaps even surpass him. Frankly, there isn't a more exciting linebacker prospect in the 2013 draft. But make no mistake about it, the missed tackles are an issue, which if not corrected, give Ogletree some Aaron Curry-like bust potential as well.
A former safety at the linebacker position – I like. It means that Ogletree is a above average linebacker when it comes to coverage. The Rams need a cover linebacker to match up with tight ends and to be able to help contain the running quarterbacks of the NFC West – Russell Wilson (Seahawks) and Colin Kaepernick (49ers).
Also, one thing that I like is that Olgetree was compared to a Pittsburgh linebacker, and we know Pittsburgh's linebackers are good. Here's what Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout, said about Ogletree:
Georgia LB Alec Ogletree reminds me of a bigger version of FSU/Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons. Very athletic/explosive, struggles to take-on— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) January 18, 2013
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