Monday, April 29, 2013
Ogletree has familiar echoes for Fisher
By Mike Sando
Jeff Fisher-coached teams have twice used the 30th pick in a draft for an athletic linebacker with experience playing safety.
It happened when the Tennessee Titans selected Keith Bulluck in 2000. It happened again when the St. Louis Rams selected Alec Ogletree this year.
"There are a lot of similarities when you watch him on tape," Fisher told reporters after selecting Ogletree. "Long arms, quickness, slippery, can take on, can tackle sideline-to-sideline. Very explosive player. That's a by-product of his safety background."
Bulluck became a mainstay of the Titans' defense, starting 128 games in 10 seasons with the team. He earned Pro Bowl honors for the 2003 season. He earned Associated Press All-Pro honors in 2003 (first team) and 2007 (second team). The Pro Football Writers of America voted him first-team All-Pro in 2003 and 2007.
Bulluck, listed at nearly 6-foot-3 and 244 pounds coming out of college, finished his career with 18 sacks and 21 interceptions.
Ogletree measured 6-2 1/2 and 242 pounds. Like Bulluck, he played safety early in his college career before converting to linebacker.
Fisher and Rams general manager Les Snead said they though Ogletree could have been selected among the top 10 or 15 overall selections had he not been suspended more than once for issues unrelated to football, including violations of the substance-abuse policy at Georgia.