Draft Focus: Linebacker Alec Ogletree

We are looking at potential draft picks for the New England Patriots starting with Alec Ogletree. Ogletree is a safety playing the linebacker position. He is 6’3 and 242 pounds. Ogletree started out as a freshman safety for the Georiga Bulldogs and won the team’s Newcomer of the Year award and recorded 34 tackles in 5 games. His sophomore year he made the transition to linebacker.

College Stats:

2010: 34 Tackles, 1 TFL, and 1 PD

2011: 52 Tackles, 7.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 FF, and 2 PD

2012: 111 Tackles, 11.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 FF, and 6 PD

A great sign is that every year Ogletree increased his tackles, tackles for losses, and passes defended. Ogletree was better every year he played and that is what you want instead of them regressing.

Strengths: Has great quickness that makes him able to go from sideline to sideline making plays, and chases down plays from behind. Has great quickness in coverage that allows him to be a really good coverage linebacker that is able to make pass defenses. He can beat blockers by using his quickness to get around them, hitting gaps so fast that allows him to make plays for losses. Has excellent closing speed.

Weakness: Overruns a lot of plays allowing the back to get more yards then they should. Dives for tackles to often, causing him to miss more tackles then he should, he also fails to wrap up which leads to more miss tackles. Has trouble disengaging from second level blocking by offensive linemen.

In my opinion Alec Ogletree is the best linebacker in the draft, with a very high upside. He fits best in the NFL at weakside linebacker because of his covering skills and speed.

Alec Ogletree is most likely a fist round selection.

The likelihood the Patriots draft Ogletree on a scale of 1-10 (1 being the worst, 10 being the best) is a 7. The talent might be too good to pass up for New England who does need a good coverage linebacker. The reason it isn’t higher then 7 is because the Patriots might not want to use a first rd pick on a linebacker considering they have their 3 starters.


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