The Chicago Bears may be forced to draft a linebacker when it is their turn to pick at spot number twenty in the 2013 NFL Draft. With the departures of both Nick Roach and longtime Bear Legend Brian Urlacher, the Bears are very thin at the linebacker position. Traditionally, the Bears have almost always been one of the best linebacking units in the NFL, which makes it very unusual to see a team like Chicago end up in the type of situation they have currently.
Luckily for the Bears there are some good players to be had in this year’s draft. The player that may best suit the Bears style is former University of Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree. Ogletree is an absolute beast of a linebacker that would immediately bring the attitude and style of play that is expected of a “Monster of the Midway”. Coming out of the SEC, Ogletree has already been facing some of the best teams and players in college football, which could help erase many doubts if he can handle the transition to the pro game or not.
Ogletree has had some off the field issues that have to raise some eyebrows, but a talent like his is very hard to pass on. Back in 2010 Ogletree was charged with misdemeanor theft, for of all things stealing a scooter helmet. That is a move that could be attributed to being young and immature. Then there is the incident the week before the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Ogletree was arrested for DUI in Arizona. That arrest has many teams very cautious causing Ogletree’s draft stock to plummet.
Off field issues aside, a talent like Ogletree does not come along everyday. Ogletree is very strong, fast, athletic, and has tremendous upside that could pay dividends for the Bears immediately. Also by taking Ogletree in the first round, it will free the Bears up to further address their offensive line issues in the second round.
While there is no guarantee that Ogletree falls to the Bears at pick number twenty, most mock drafts currently have him available when the Bears pick. While the Bears have a history of not tolerating off the field issues, Ogletree is young enough that he can be shown the error of his ways by the right people. If this move happens it would be a real nice transition to go from Urlacher to Ogleree, and maybe Ogletree could have a successful 13 year career as well.