When news came out that Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Alec Ogletree was arrested for a DUI, people were immediately wondering how NFL personnel members would view Ogletree after his latest off-field troubles. The early belief is that general managers could be scared off by Ogletree’s immaturity. The timing of his incident — just before the NFL Scouting Combine — makes the matter worse.
NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks highlighted the belief that Ogletree’s draft stock could take a hit leading up to the draft.
GMs and scouts cringe when they hear about arrests & legal transgressions leading up to the #NFLDraft. It shows immaturity & ques.character
— Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks) February 17, 2013
Brooks added: “”It shows immaturity and questionable character. Additionally, it makes you question whether the player can handle the pro lifestyle.”
He will have a lot of questions to answer when he meets with NFL teams during the scouting combine and they will certainly be interested in how he explains the off-field trouble.
It is the third incident that will cause character concerns. The linebacker prospect was arrested during his freshman year on a misdemeanor theft charge. Last season, Ogletree was suspended for four games as a result of a failed drug test. Now, he adds the DUI to his off-field resume.
Two of the top inside linebacker prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft class will now have some questions surrounding them. How will NFL teams view Ogletree and how will teams think of Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o after his fake girlfriend incident. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.
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