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Potential 1st Rd. Picks: #8 Alec Ogletree

Alec Ogletree- LB Georgia

HT: 6'2 1/2"

WT: 242

Arm length: 33 1/2"

Hand Size: 10"

Combine Measurables

40-yd dash: 4.70 (10-yd and 20-yd splits are not posted yet)

Bench Press: 20

3-cone: 7.16

Broad Jump: 10'2"

Vertical Jump: 33 1/2"

20-yd shuttle: 4.39

Profile/Information:

NFL Draft Scout

Highlights:

vs. Nebraska

vs. Alabama (SEC Championship)

Official Highlights

Case for Yes:

Alec Ogletree until recently wasn't even within range of the Patriots pick. A former safety who was converted to LB, Ogletree is one of the more athletic LBs in this year's class. One issue is the LB coverage because MLB Brandon Spikes lacks the speed necessary to be in man coverage with a RB. Even though the Patriots have a lot of LBs on their roster, Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher are eligible to become unrestricted free agents after the 2013 season. Ogletree would likely spend his rookie year subbing in for Brandon Spikes in the nickel and dime situations, and would make the coverage against TEs and RBs to be better. Besides, adding depth never hurts when there is top talent for pennies on the dollar.

Case for No:

The Patriots are already stuffed at the LB position and the addition of Ogletree would make a bigger mess in a crowded situation. Ogletree would have to make his mark his rookie year as a special teamer and a sub package player since it is unlikely teams will trade for Brandon Spikes if the Patriots elect to shop him. Even if the Patriots use Ogletree as a sub LB, that won't stop teams from throwing it when the Patriots run their base defense. The Patriots already have Dont'a Hightower, who carries similar measurables but at 270 lbs instead of 240 lbs. The Patriots should look for a Mike LB in the draft and not a Will LB considering that's Jerod Mayo's job right now.

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