Georgia LB Alec Ogletree Likely Off Steelers Draft Board Following Recent DUI Arrest

Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree is an early round draft prospect that has been linked as a possible player that the Pittsburgh Steelers might consider drafting in the upcoming 2013 NFL draft. On Saturday, however, it was reported by Pro Football Talk that Ogletree had been arrested last weekend in Arizona on a DUI charge, according to his agent Pat Dye Jr. and now you have to wonder if the Steelers, and several other teams for that matter, will remove him from their draft board, if they hadn\’t already.

“Last weekend, my client Alec Ogletree was pulled over for speeding and a lane violation in Arizona,” Dye told PFT. “After the officers smelled alcohol, they conducted tests and also cited him for DUI. Although Alec regrets the 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.”

The Saturday news is not the first character red flag for Ogletree, who was first arrested at Georgia as a freshman on a theft charge for taking a motorcycle helmet that belonged to a Georgia track athlete. Ogletree was also suspended by the Bulldogs for four games just last year after a popping a positive drug test during the spring.

The Steelers are coming off a season that included rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta\’amu, their fourth-round draft pick, being arrested after an early-morning crash in October in which police say he drove drunk, crashed into several vehicles and attempted to flee. Ta\’amu was suspended by the team for two weeks without pay. He would later be released and signed to the practice squad until ultimately being signed back to the Steelers 53 man roster during the final week of the season.

If that wasn\’t enough, rookie running back Chris Rainey, the Steelers fifth round draft pick last April, was waived after the season had ended after he was charged with simple battery stemming from an incident with his girlfriend down in Florida. Although the charges on Rainey were ultimately lowered, the Steelers stood by their decision to waive the Florida product likely because of his past  legal problems.

Rookie tackle Mike Adams, the Steelers second-round draft pick last April out of Ohio State, was originally off the teams\’ draft board following him testing positive at last year\’s NFL combine for marijuana. Adams, however, was able to make a pre draft visit to Pittsburgh and convinced the Steelers to put him back on their draft board after several stipulations were completed prior to the draft. Adams has yet to back-slide.

“He sought us out,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said, following the selection of Adams. “He requested a face-to-face with me, Art Rooney and Mike Tomlin, and we presented it to him: These are the stipulations that you have to accomplish for consideration for us to draft you, which the young man did. He met our criteria, met our stipulations.”

While Adams is far from being considered a character red flag success story just one year now into his career, you would have to think that Ogletree is a risk not worthy of the Steelers taking no matter how well he does this upcoming week at the 2013 NFL combine.

  • Garrett Hunt

    Wow what a d/a. That ticket is gonna end up costing him a couple million.

  • Jason White

    I do not understand these kids. When I was that age I did my share of partying but I was responsible. I never ever in my life drove a car while drunk and I had a lot less to lose than what these guys do. I’d love to be in their position. They take this stuff for granted that’s for certain.

  • RMSteeler

    Steelers don’t really need an inside LB yet IMO. Outside is more of a concern, and more likely to play sooner than an inside LB who has to make the calls. I really get sick of hearing that defensive players can’t play for 2 or 3 years because the defensive system is too “complicated”. BS. If the Steelers would quit drafting DE’s to convert, and get the best 3-4 outside LB that played for a top 15 FBS Bowl team, he should be smart enough WITH GOOD COACHING to play by mid season on the outside. It’s not like he has to learn every position. If he has half a brain, when a play is called, all he has to do is react and play his responsibility! We see many rookies playing quickly on other teams, even on the teams in our division. Why not us? I think they wasted half a season by not playing Adrian Robinson at least on passing plays where his only assignment is to blitz. Now we have a boatload of linebackers that the team doesn’t know are worth keeping. After they’ve been wasting away on the bench for 3 or 4 years. Other teams way under the cap are playing better football even with playing very young players. Injuries were bad, but the coaching has been “below the line”. Except for Carnell Lake, who took a probable bust in Keenan Lewis and turned him into an almost Pro Bowl player. If not for Lake, Lewis would be spoke about like M. Wallace. Carnell Lake is the team coaching MVP, again. He is getting through to the players he is responsible for. Not keeping Jerrod Johnson was another big mistake. Other position coaches, please take note!


    I am getting more and more of a feeling we will be drafting Mike Wallace’s replacement in the 1st round. Here is my four round mock:
    1 Allen WR
    2. Elam S
    3. Taylor RB
    4. Riddick LB

  • HarryBackside

    OLB is more of a concern than ILB? Who’s going to play the other ILB position next to Timmons? Jason Worilds has started 10 games, and the defense has done just fine when he is in the game. OLB isn’t a “need”.

  • Nolrog

    What’s wrong with these idiots. I know they are kids and kids make mistakes, but they can’t keep out of trouble for 3 months or so? This is the most important time in their lives to set their entire career up, and they come up positive for drugs, or beat their girlfriend or have a DUI. Can’t they just sit tight and do nothing for a short time?

  • Relyks76

    If an OgleTree falls in the draft, and no one is around to care…

  • Clint Martin

    You don’t know how bad Foote’s number’s were.

  • Clint Martin


  • HarryBackside

    Besides, Foote isn’t under contract, and there’s no guarantee that Spence will ever be the same after his knee was destroyed.

    The Steelers lack a starter and depth at ILB. If that doesn’t meet the definition of “need”, I don’t know what does.

  • zyzak

    Steelers should draft that kid, he fits right in

  • Bob Francis

    On a related note, do folks think Da’rick Rogers is one the Steelers board? Mel Kiper flagged him as a possible mid-round Mike Wallace replacement, but sound slike he might have some character concerns as well.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Right on all those points. Except Ogle’s not an inside guy for 3-4 for pros, because he really struggles shedding blockers. Great athleticism but needs space, in pros= outside or ILB in 4-3.

  • mlc43

    Theft, a bad drug test, and now a DUI. This kid hasn’t learned and appears unwilling to learn. I still think someone will draft him in the 1st though…just not us, I hope.

  • Tim Culligan

    You can garuntee hes off the board now. and Mike Adams should be put in a different catergory, yea he tested positive for weed, but thats very very different from DUIs and arrestes

  • RW

    Go away troll

  • Superdriller316

    Getting kicked off the team, I think is a character issue. I think with all of the kids with issues will have clauses in their contracts. Teams will give these kids big money and the only to try and keep them in check is to take it away from them.

  • Jazz

    Well, I’m not going to lie, when I was young, I did do some stupid things as well. But after I joined the military at age 20, I quickly learned to be responsible, I also learned that there are more important things in life than firing up a joint. These kids stand to make millions! Smoking weed and driving while drunk is more important?

  • Superdriller316

    You want to say that it was poor coaching? What about piss poor performance by the players? Where were the leaders on that team at? No one stepped up to be the next leaders. Keisel said in an interview after getting beat by SD, we were flat and that they weren’t prepared. SD’s OL was made up that week. They should have been knocking the crap out of Rivers, but they couldn’t get to him. If they were our OL we would have run out of QB’s. they weren’t prepared because they think teams are afraid of them. Well when the majority of your losses come from sub 500 teams, their not afraid. Players coming into camp overweight and out of shape, how’s that the coaches fault? Are you going to bench your starting players to play a backup? I don’t think so. If they thought Johnson was worth keeping they would have. They see these guys everyday in practice. We only see them a couple hours on game day. So when you feel that you can do a better job than the coaches, feel free to go to Art Rooney and apply for the job. Let me know how you make out.

  • westernsteel

    Glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t understand why 1st round defensive players can’t play their first year. The Steelers defense can’t be more complicated than 31 other teams in the league, every other team can play their draft picks right away, why can’t the Steelers?

  • mghjr88

    Right, but the Steelers also drafted Sean Spence, a player carrying the same perception yet a player the coaching staff was high on