Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree has become the second University of Georgia player in as many years to potentially damage his NFL draft stock with an arrest for driving under the influence.
Ogletree, a projected top-10 pick according to longtime analyst Mel Kiper, was arrested earlier this month for DUI in Arizona. Profootballtalk.com reported the arrest late Saturday night following an interview with Ogletree's agent, Pat Dye Jr.
"Last weekend, my client Alec Ogletree was pulled over for speeding and a lane violation in Arizona," Dye told the website. "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."
Ogletree was the highest-rated member of Georgia's 2010 signing class, but he was arrested that summer on misdemeanor theft after stealing a scooter helmet valued at $35. He avoided any mishaps in 2011 but was suspended for the first four games last season for reportedly failing a drug test.
Despite missing those four games, the 6-foot-3, 232-pound junior from Newnan managed to rack up a team-leading 111 tackles.
Last March, a couple of weeks after working out at the combine, former Bulldogs tight end Orson Charles was arrested for DUI in Athens. Charles had been projected as a second- or third-round selection but slid into the fourth round, where he was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals.
David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...