The New WLB?
The Seattle Seahawks already used their first round draft choice to acquire wide receiver Percy Harvin. That was a pretty good pick if you ask me; of course, Mel would probably say it was a D- if grading the pick.
With the Seahawks’ second round (#56 overall) pick, they could choose to address their need at weak-side linebacker. Perhaps that player could be Alec Olgletree.
University of Georgia
Height: 6’4″ Weight: 242
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2013
I honestly do not believe Olgletree is suited to play inside linebacker in the NFL. He struggles to get off offensive line blocks far too much. I think his struggles come from a combination of poor hand technique and being undersized. He also struggles with gap integrity – not a good combination for a guy in the middle of the field.
Ogletree could add weight on his frame and be taught technique. That would make him a project. Project middle linebackers are not worth a first or second round pick by my estimation.
In the 2012 NFL draft, every linebacker selected in the first two rounds was brought in to a situation where they became the starter. That rules out teams thinking about a middle linebacker.
Ogletree is the perfect mold for a weak-side linebacker. Being a converted safety, he has plenty of experience in coverage. In the running game, he is able to use his pursuit speed to get to the ball carrier.
That only tells a partial story.
To be honest, he’s talented enough to be a solid first round pick for a team looking for a weak-side linebacker. There are some technique issues that he has with tackling.
Alec has had some off-the-field issues that could cause him to drop down to a point where Seattle might feel comfortable moving up to draft him.
In 2012, Olgletree was suspended four games by his head coach at Georgia for failing a drug test. That alone probably wouldn’t be enough to drop him out of the first round., but when you add to it the fact that he was arrested in February for a DUI in Arizona, teams are probably a little more hesitant to pull the trigger.
Taking all that into consideration, I believe the Seahawks could target Alec. I know I said with the 56th overall pick earlier, yet it will probably take a trade to move up into the first half of the second round to get it done.
The Seahawks have more than enough picks, and not very many open roster spots, so a trade is possible.