Former Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree, one of the top prospects in the NFL draft, was recently arrested in Arizona and charged with driving under the influence, according to his agent Pat Dye Jr.
“My client Alec Ogletree was pulled over for speeding and a lane violation in Arizona,” Dye said in a statement released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Saturday night. “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.”
The arrest was first reported on profootballtalk.com.
Ogletree is projected to be selected in the top 25 players by several draft analysts.
NFL.com senior writer Bucky Brooks projects Ogletree to be selected 21st by Cincinnati. NFL.com's Gil Brandt and ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. both have Ogletree going eighth to Buffalo.
Ogletree was suspended for four games for violating UGA’s marijuana-use policy this past season.
The NFL scouting combine starts on Wednesday and runs through Feb. 26 in Indianapolis. Ogletree will have to explain his situations to teams during the interview process.
After a 13-tackle performance in the Capital One Bowl, Ogletree announced that he planned to enter the NFL draft.
“Yeah, it was my last game,” Ogletree said after the game. “I’m just glad we were able to win because I know what kind of talent is on this team. This was the last game for a lot of guys on this team, a lot of seniors, and we all wanted to go out with a W. It’s tough to have to go out now, but I feel like it was the right decision for me.”
Despite missing four games, Ogletree led the Bulldogs with 111 tackles.
“He’s a dynamic player who can be a special inside ‘backer at the next level; that’s why we moved him there,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said after the game. “He’s a guy who can play tight coverage, he’s a good blitzer and he’s a special player. His future’s very bright and we wish him nothing but the best.”
Ogletree seemed to acknowledge his suspension after the game.
“Of course there are some things I wish I could take back," Ogletree said. "But, you know, overall I feel like I had a great time here at Georgia and I’m going to cherish that ‘til I die."