ATHENS - Alec Ogletree's hopes of being a first-round pick in April's NFL draft have hit a stumbling block, and one of his own making.
The former Georgia linebacker was arrested last weekend on a DUI charge in Arizona, where he is training for the draft. Ogletree's agent, Pat Dye Jr., confirmed the news for the web site Pro Football Talk.
Last weekend, my client Alec Ogletree was pulled over for speeding and a lane violation in Arizona, Dye Jr. told the web site. After the officers smelled alcohol, they conducted tests and also cited him for DUI. Although Alec regrets this incident terribly, he is thankful that there was no accident and that no one was hurt. Because this matter is still pending, we cannot comment further publicly at this time.
Prior to this incident, Ogletree was widely projected to be a first-round pick. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock projects Ogletree as the top-rated inside linebacker, ahead of Notre Dame's Manti Te'o.
Ogletree has had his share of off-field incidents:
- This past season he was suspended the first four games of the season. The reason for the suspension was never officially confirmed, but UGA's athlete drug policy calls for a four-game suspension for a second violation.
- Ogletree was also arrested early in his freshman season after being charged with stealing a $35 scooter helmet. That drew a one-game suspension.
Ogletree had overcome all that through his sterling on-field play - he still led Georgia in tackles despite missing the four games last year. Now it remains to be seen how the DUI arrest will affect his draft status.
It hasn't worked out well the previous two years for two other Bulldogs preparing for the draft, each of whom had also left school early:
Tight end Orson Charles was arrested for DUI in Athens last March, and a month later slipped to the fourth round; linebacker Justin Houston reportedly tested positive for marijuana prior to the NFL combine, and slipped to the third round.