Like fellow Bulldog Jarvis Jones, Alec Ogletree didn't sneak up on anyone. It was obvious before he even arrived in Athens that he had the potential to be a truly special football player, even to amateur football scouts like the guy who wrote this article. He's not gotten less athletic since he's been in Athens, as ESPN discovered in the lead up to the draft:
That being said, the course of football greatness has not always run smoothly for "Tree." If we're being honest, Alec Ogletree has often been his own worst enemy. He was suspended before even playing a game in the Classic City for stealing a motor scooter helmet. He was again suspended for a violation of team rules which widely believed to be drug related. And he was also arrested for a DUI in Arizona while prepping for the draft.
Alec Ogletree possesses one of the most impressive combinations of size, speed, and strength I've seen in the 7 years I've been writing about college football, and the years before then which I spent obsessively watching it. He is a vicious hitter who can be counted on in the run game, but has the agility and quickness to drop into coverage. His closing speed at 6'2 and 242 pounds is truly breathtaking at times.
Other times he seems to be going through the motions a little, for example, getting a touch lazy with his footwork. He'll need to be more consistent in the NFL. I also believe he isn't as aggressive sometimes against offensive linemen as he is against backs and tight ends. He could also afford to use his hands a little better when taking on blockers. Alec Ogletree can run through most everyone in the SEC, but he'll need to use his hands against the weekly collection of physical freaks in the league.
All that being said, if Alec Ogletree can stay focused on being the best football player he can be, the Rams just picked up a Pro Bowl caliber linebacker to fill an important hole on the defensive side of the ball. I'll be pulling for him the whole way. Until later . . .