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NFL Draft 2013: Alec Ogletree latest to hurt stock with off-field issues

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The Georgia linebacker isn't helping himself with poor decisions.

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Georgia Bulldogs inside linebacker Alec Ogletree isn't doing himself any favors with his recent behavior away from the football field.

The defensive standout was charged with a DUI last weekend, adding to his list of questionable choices lately. Ogletree hasn't been a stranger to controversy this year, getting himself suspended for the first four games of the season due to a violation of team rules, which was widely alleged to have been because of drug use.

The linebacker's agent released the following statement about his latest incident, per

"Last weekend, my client Alec Ogletree was pulled over for speeding and a lane violation in Arizona," agent Pat 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's talent is undeniable, but all these off-the-field issues are starting to become a serious problem. The Georgia product is thought of as a first-round pick for a team looking to plug in a starter right away, but now he may slip into the second round if he can't stop this bad momentum.

It also doesn't help Ogletree that the inside linebacker position has some other candidates for first-round selections. His SEC counterpart Kevin Minter of LSU is a tremendous player with high upside, as is Arthur Brown of Kansas State and Khaseem Greene of Rutgers.

Every year, some player or players go through the same questions. Two years ago it was anoher Georgia linebacker, Justin Houston, who reportedly failed a marijuana test. Houston had been thought of as a sure-fire first round pick but fell all the way to the third round where the Kansas City Chiefs scooped him up.

In 2012, Houston made his first pro bowl, proving he was worthy of the selection.

Last year, Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict was thought at this juncture to be a top 20 pick before failing a drug test and having a disastrous combine. Burfict actually went undrafted before being signed as a free agent by the Cincinnati Bengals. Burfict proceeded to make 127 tackles in his rookie year, leading the team.

With the combine coming up shortly, Ogletree needs to do damage control by showing well on the field but especially in interviews. If he can help ease some of the doubts about his character, he might be able to sustain his high draft stock.