ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The St. Louis Rams made a second trade in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft dropping their second overall pick from twenty-second to thirtieth, and wound up taking linebacker Alec Ogletree. Giving the second first round pick to the Atlanta Falcons, this marks the third first round NFL Draft trade made by the Rams regime under general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher.
Ogletree, 21, is from Newnan, GA and stayed in his home state to play three years of collegiate football for the Georgia Bulldogs where he earned second-team All-SEC honors. At 6’2 and 242 lbs., Alec Ogletree was the only interior linebacker taken in the opening round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Formerly a safety converted to the linebacker position, Ogletree certainly can be a play-maker for a defense, but off the field issues have been a concern.
Mistakes made by Ogletree have been documented quite well going back to his freshman year at Georgia. Most recently, he was arrested in Arizona on a driving under the influence charge less than two weeks before the NFL scouting combine. A junior last season, Ogletree was suspended for the first four games, including the SEC opener against the Missouri Tigers, for violating the team’s substance abuse policy. Going back to 2009, Ogletree was arrested and charged with theft during his freshman year after stealing a motorcycle helmet from another Georgia athlete.
Though Ogletree played as an interior linebacker for Georgia in a 3-4 system, he is expected to be able to make a change to outside linebacker in the Rams 4-3 system. He’s not thought to be a linebacker that can consistently take on blocks from the offensive line or other blockers, but is more skilled at chasing plays and tackling.
Ogletree had 111 total tackles, including 15 total in his first game of the 2012 season. As a converted linebacker, he was much better in pass coverage at the position tallying five pass breakups and one interception.