Feb 25, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Alec Ogletree does a defensive drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NY Giants 2013 NFL Draft Spotlight: Georgia LB Alec Ogletree



The New York Giants have the 19th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. And with the draft right around the corner, who should Big Blue pick? With various areas that need to be addressed, where do they start? Their biggest concerns are their back seven on the defense, and their offensive line.

So what to do? Being that the Giants’ defense had a huge dropoff in production last season, signs point to them addressing defense first.

Alec Ogletree is one of the more athletic linebackers in this draft. At 6’3″, 242 pounds, the linebacker from Georgia is one heck of a player. During his Pro Day, he demonstrated good straight-line speed, running a 4.6 40-yard dash.

Ogletree is a tackling machine. Even though he missed four games in 2012, he still racked up 111 tackles and three sacks. As a former safety prospect, he’s good in coverage, which can definitely help the Giants out. The linebacker has great range and athleticism, and he showed it on the field. He flew to the ball, making plays all over the field, and he was often the best defender on the field. That’s saying a lot, being on a team with a roster filled with NFL talent.

If he joins the Giants, he can bring a quickness around the edge that will give opposing quarterbacks a hard time. Ogletree is also a ferocious hitter, and his aggressive style can help out with the Giants run defense.

The main concern for the linebacker is his off-field issues—something Big Blue try to steer clear from. But with the amount of talent Ogletree has, can the Giants afford to skip him?

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