INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Alec Ogletree of Georgia works out during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bears signed D.J. Williams and James Anderson as linebackers for the 2013 season, but neither appears to be a long term answer.
It's no secret the Bears are looking for that long-term solution, and have already had visits with Manti Te'o and Arthur Brown. The draft is a place where the Bears will look to pick up some linebacking help. Another direction they could look is at Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree.
He has the prototypical size and speed for position. As a converted safety, he is fast and versatile and can get around the field. He has impressive tackling skills, and could fit in well with the Bears 4-3 defense. He also has proven to be an asset on special teams, which has always been important for Bears defenders.
Not to mention, that's a great name. Alec Ogletree playing where Dick Butkus, Otis Wilson, Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher once trod? That makes complete sense.
The downside is that Ogletree had several incidents that could make a team worry. He was arrested for a DUI days before the combine, and suspended for stealing a scooter helmet (for real, man?) and again for failing a drug test. The Bears already have one linebacker with a checkered past in Williams. Do they need another?
But the upside to his downside is that the Bears could get a better player at their draft position. He's a risk, but he did dumb things as a college student. He has to grow and improve and stop doing dumb and destructive things, but everyone has to do that as they move on from college. Ogletree is no different. He could find a good home in Chicago, and learn from players like Brandon Marshall and Lance Briggs about how to move on from bad incidents in the past.