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The following scouting reports were taken from Pro Football Weekly's 2013 Draft Preview book, which is now on sale. You can order it today through the PFW Store, or by calling 1-800-FOOTBALL (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).
MLB Manti Te’o, #5
PFW Grade: 6.30
Ht: 6-1¼ | Wt: 241 | Sp: 4.82 | Arm: 32½ | Hand: 9½
Notes: Name is pronounced “MAN-tie TAY-oh.” The highly decorated player out of Hawaii is a two-time recipient of the Gatorade Player of the Year, was named the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year and inaugural high school winner of the Butkus Award for the best linebacker in the country. Saw action in all 12 games as a true freshman in 2009, making 10 starts on the inside, and recording 63 tackles, 5½ tackles for loss and one sack with one pass breakup. Led the Irish in tackles in ’10 after posting 133-9-1 with three passes defended and one forced fumble in 13 starts. It was the most tackles by an Irish player in 27 years (Tony Furjanic, 147 in 1983). Sat out the second half of the bowl game vs. Miami with a right knee injury and broke his nose against Army. Was limited during ’11 spring practice after arthroscopic surgery to clean up some cartilage in his knee. In ’11, he was a finalist for the Butkus and Lott awards after tallying 128-13½-5 with two pass breakups and one forced fumble in 13 starts. Won nearly every major award in college football in ’12 — the Nagurski (top defensive player), the Lombardi (best lineman or linebacker), the Bednarik (Defensive Player of the Year), the Maxwell (Player of the Year), the Butkus (top linebacker), the Walter Camp National Player of the Year and was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy — after posting 103-5½-1½ with four pass breakups and seven interceptions in 13 starts at MLB. Dealt with the deaths of his grandmother and what was thought to be his girlfriend early in the season. The girlfriend turned out to be an online hoax played on him, and she didn’t really exist. Did not bench-press at the Combine while recovering from a right shoulder stinger.
Positives: Thickly built with good bulk — has take-on strength and knockback power (explosive thumper). Natural knee-bender. Plays on his feet. Keen read-and react skills enable him to play faster than he times. Puts himself in position to make plays and creates chances for his teammates. Scrapes and fills between the tackles. Minimized missed tackles and showed improved coverage instincts as a senior. Intense field presence and consistent compete level — is passionate about the game and it shows. Offers versatility to play all three LB positions. Very productive four-year starter. Tough and durable. Showed sincerity during Combine interviews.
Negatives: Has short flappers — lets blockers into his body too easily. Tightly wound with thick, rigid hips. Exposed in space. Has man-coverage limitations. Can be a step late to the perimeter. Timed poorly at the Combine. Average lateral agility. Gets pulled in by playaction. Overruns the ball — can be overaggressive and out of control. Was a nonfactor in the national championship game against Alabama when he was steamrolled by the Tide’s imposing offensive front. Average leaping ability. Inflated interception stats. Ordinary Combine performance. Too naïve.
Summary: The most decorated college player of all time, Te’o re-shaped his body prior to his senior year, dropping 15 pounds, and vastly improved in coverage and tackling in space. Immediate impact starter capable of playing all three positions in a “40” front.
NFL projection: First-round pick.
WLB Alec Ogletree, #9 (Junior)
PFW Grade: 5.70
Ht: 6-2½ | Wt: 242 | Sp: 4.69 | Arm: 33½ | Hand: 10
Notes: Twin brother, Alexander, is a fullback for the Bulldogs. The Georgia prep was a five-star prospect as both a safety and an outside linebacker, while earning Parade and USA Today All-America honors in addition to being the Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year. Also a starter on the basketball team and ran the 400-meter dash, the 4x100-meter relay and the long jump. Saw action in 12 games as a true freshman in 2010, making 34 tackles, one tackle for loss and zero sacks with one pass breakup and one blocked punt against Idaho State. Also made five starts — one at split end against Kentucky and the final four games of the season at strong safety. Was arrested and charged with theft after taking a Georgia track athlete’s motorcycle helmet — was suspended for the season opener as a result. Managed 52-7½-3 with two pass breakups and two forced fumbles while making only eight starts (four at ILB and four at OLB) in ’11. Broke a bone in his right foot in the season opener against Boise State and missed the next six weeks. Was suspended for the first four games of the ’12 season for violating the school’s drug policy but returned to lead the team in tackles with 111-11½-3 with five pass breakups, one interception and one forced fumble in only 10 games (eight starts) at ILB. Was arrested in January, a week before the Combine, for driving under the influence.
Positives: Looks the part with a well-proportioned build and athletic frame. Highly athletic natural bender — moves like an oversized safety. Field-fast — flies to the ball. Agile to beat linemen to the spot or slip/run around blocks. Flattens and crashes down the line. Closes suddenly — shows sideline-to-sideline range. Clear-path predator. Exceptional flexibility, including loose hips. Can run the deep middle, buzz underneath zones and mirror in man coverage. Elevates and flashes good ball reactions (see Tennessee). Has potential as a blitzer. Four-down utility. Huge upside.
Negatives: Needs to get stronger. Average eyes, instincts and trigger. See-and-go reactor. Does not play downhill as often as he should. Catches contact and needs to improve his hand use. Occasionally overruns some plays. Leaves production on the field — needs more glass in diet. Untapped intensity, violence and explosion. Character, maturity and dependability need to be scrutinized (rap sheet includes drug suspension and a DUI). Needs to grow up, narrow his focus and dedicate himself to the craft. Did not blow up the Combine as expected — measurables do not parallel athleticism on tape. Has underachiever traits and bust potential.
Summary: One of the most physically gifted talents in the draft, Ogletree is a relatively soft converted safety with Pro Bowl potential as a 4-3 “Will” or Tampa-2 middle linebacker, though his glaring character concerns increase his risk and keep him from ever reaching his potential.
NFL projection: Top-50 pick.
These scouting reports were taken from Pro Football Weekly's 2013 Draft Preview book, which is now on sale. You can order it today through the PFW Store, or by calling 1-800-FOOTBALL (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT).