January 01, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Taylor Martinez (3) looks for a place to run as Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Alec Ogletree (9) moves in for the sack during the second half of the Capital One bowl at The Citrus Bowl. Georgia defeated Nebraska 45-31. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears Draft Prospect Preview: Linebacker Alec Ogletree


The Chicago Bears are in the market for a linebacker.  All that remains of Brian Urlacher are the thousands of #54 jerseys that will litter the stands for years to come.  They signed former Denver Broncos linebacker DJ Williams, but he could be little more than a stopgap at the position.  The Bears have told us that he’ll play middle linebacker, but if they draft a suitable replacement, I’m sure that they would slide him outside, where he also has experience.

One of the top draft prospects to consider is Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree.  Here are his measurables and stats, thanks to our friends at NFLMocks:

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 242 pounds

Position Rank: 1

Drafted By:

40 Yard Dash: 4.70

Bench Press: 20

Vertical Jump: 33.5″

Broad Jump: 122″

2012 Statistics

Tackles
G Solo Assisted Total Total/G
10 63 48 111 11.10
Tackles For Loss
G TFL TFL Yards TFL/G
10 11.5 39 1.15
Sacks
G Sacks Sack Yards Sacks/G
10 3.0 18 0.30
Misc. Defense
G Passes Broken Up QB Hurries Fumbles Forced Kicks/Punts Blocked
10 5 5 1 0

Here is a highlight video of Ogletree in action:

What I like to see are his coverage skills.  He moved well sideline to sideline and was able to chase down ball carriers all over the field.  He’s got adequate size and solid speed.   I think he’ll need to beef up a bit and learn to take on blockers at the next level.  He’s had some off the field issues that could cause him to slide into the late first round, right where the Bears want him.

I’m not sure if he’s the next Urlacher, but he’d look awfully good in the Navy and Orange!

What do you think, Bears fans?  Is Ogletree worth the risk at #20 if he’s there?  Can he hold it down in the middle on Sundays?

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  • Aaron T. Starks

    The fact he was suspended for drug use and got a DUI means he can’t stay away from getting drunk/high with his homies. If being seen as a “real dude” that can stay grimy with his friends is more important than being an NFL legend then it’s not worth the risk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.n.hellyer Bill Hellyer

    Usually character issues will scare me aware from a player, but I am sure Emery will have had interviews and conversations with players that he had scouted. This guy has a lot of talent and could become a pretty good player. If I am the Bears I take either him or Arthur Brown. Both of these guys need to bulk up a little to successfully play MLB, but both are great talents. I’d actually say start DJ Williams at MLB and let your draft pick start outside and learn the league before moving him inside. Urlacher was initially started outside, but injury forced him inside.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.a.maupin David A Maupin

    I agree. Either Ogletree or Brown. I think both will be great additions and I believe Ogletree just needs grow up, which he will. If the Bears choose him surrounding with positive people and with him being out of his hometown then he will grow up. Just keep him away from d.j. Williams! I think Brown will be great also. Needs to beef up but he will as he gets in the pros both naturally and in the weight room. That LB we got from the Panthers is no slouch either. I love how we have flexibility in this draft. Now that we have starting LBs if Austin WR is available the Bears need to grab him. He will be the biggest name in this years draft after a yr or 2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/DraconWolf Jerry Richardson

    He would be a great addition to the future linebacker needs of the Bears…give him a year and turn him loose….I think he would do very well playing the SAM Backer or the Will Backer in the cover-2. He hs great athleticism nd is not a slouch in running down players anywhere on the field. Great motor and youth….learn to chnnel his off field civities to his responsibilities on field and he will make a name for hiimself in the Halls of the NFL ….be a solid selection for Emery and the Bears if they could get him in the latter rounds after trading downin the 2nd…or even in the 3rd.