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1. Alec Ogletree, OLB

School: Georgia | Conference: SEC

HT 6'3", WT. 234, 40 time 4.63


Ogletree signed with Georgia as a highly regarded safety prospect. He was a 2009 USA Today All-USA first Team selection and Parade Magazine All-American out of Newnan, Ga., where he was named to the All-Decade team by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

An excellent all-around athlete, Ogletree was a starter on the basketball team and ran the 400-meter dash and the 4x100 relay in addition to participating in the long jump in high school.

That versatility would continue to be on display at Georgia, where he earned the team's Newcomer of the Year award as a true freshman in 2010 while registering 34 tackles in five starts (12 games total) at strong safety.

As Ogletree continued to grow, however, the Georgia coaching staff asked him during the offseason to make the move to inside linebacker. His size and athleticism made him a standout during summer practices heading into 2011, and expectations were high that he'd become a star.

Unfortunately, Ogletree suffered a broken foot in the season opener versus Boise State and missed the next seven games. Once he returned, however, Ogletree showed why the team had faith in him, registering just 20 tackles behind team leader Shawn Williams with 52 stops, including 7.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and tying for the team lead with two forced fumbles.

Ogletree suffered another setback when he was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for a violation of team rules. However, he wasted no time making an impact upon his return to the team. He racked up 98 tackles in nine games and announced he would leave the Bulldogs a year early after Georgia beat Nebraska in its bowl game.

"It was a great run while I was here, just want to take a chance on this opportunity to go to the NFL and pursue my dreams," he said. "You don't know where you're gonna get drafted at, but I just felt it was the right opportunity for me to go, and just based on my parents and coaches and stuff like that, I feel like I've got a good hold on the situation."

Ogletree's final play for the Bulldogs was a sack, taking down Nebraska's Taylor Martinez to seal the bowl win. "It's great," Ogletree said. "I was real joyous. Coach called up a blitz for me, and I just took advantage of it and made the sack." - Seth Emerson, The Macon Telegraph

Make no mistake about it Jarvis Jones is the preeminent pass rusher in the SEC and this team's most bankable star on the defensive side of the ball, but Ogletree is an exciting prospect in his own right who could be a first-round pick himself.

The junior's lanky frame (6-3, 234) and staggering closing speed make him a potentially more dynamic player at the next level than Manti Te'o, though Ogletree isn't nearly as far along in the subtleties of the position having only made the switch from safety two years ago.


STRENGTHS: A former safety, Ogletree showed off his terrific range and athleticism, making plays all over the field in 2012 and was often the best player on a defense loaded with NFL talent.

Terrific quickness around the edge, capable of making stops in the backfield and is fast in pursuit. Doesn't shy from making the big hit. Arrives with deceiving power and violent intentions. Lengthy frame, athleticism and experience in coverage. Has the long arms scouts like from linebackers.

Excellent special teams player whose ball skills were demonstrated when he leapt high to snatch an onside kick early against LSU in the SEC Championship game.

WEAKNESSES: Needs to be more consistent filling against the run and tackling with better pad level. Leaner than ideal frame. He'll need to show greater strength in disengaging from blockers. Off-field concern following a four-game suspension in 2012, reportedly for violating Georgia's substance-abuse policy.

--Rob Rang

REASONING: With the possible departure of Mauluga leaves room for Burfict to move to MIKE, WILL is now a weakness. While I expect Howard to be resigned, there are no guarantees how he will recover from injury and afterall, he'll be 30 by season's start. At position 21, Ogletree could very well be BPA at a position of need. And as a former safety, would be a huge upgrade against TE's.

2a. Giovani Bernard, RB

School: North Carolina | Conference: ACC
College Experience: Sophomore HT 5'10", WT 205, 40 time 4.57


A Davie, Fla. native, Bernard was rated as the No. 12 running back in the country by coming after helping lead national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas to consecutive 5A state titles as a sophomore and junior.

St. Thomas Aquinas went 15-1 during Bernard's senior year and finished ranked No. 13 in the nation by USA Today. He gave a verbal commitment to play for Notre Dame, but reconsidered after the Irish fired head coach Charlie Weis and replaced him with Brian Kelly.

Preferring to play in more of a pro-style offense, Bernard committed to Butch Davis and the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Bernard tore his ACL on the third day of fall practice in 2010 and took a redshirt. But he returned in great form in 2011, joining Amos Lawrence (1977) as the only freshman tailbacks in Tar Heels history to earn first-team All-ACC honors after he rushed for a school freshman-record 1,253 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He tied for the ACC lead with 14 total touchdowns and was the first Tar Heels tailback to earn first-team All-ACC honors since Curtis Johnson in 1993.

Ironically, when Davis was fired and replaced by Larry Fedora, Bernard found himself in an up-tempo spread offense similar to the one he was concerned about playing in at Notre Dame. However, it proved to be a great fit in 2012 as Bernard led the ACC with an average of 122.8 rushing yards. His season total of 1,228 came in just 10 games as he missed two contests in September with a knee injury.

Bernard's versatility was also on display, as he finished third on the team with 47 receptions and led the ACC with an average of 16.4 yards on punt returns. He was fourth in the nation with an average of 198.1 all-purpose yards per game.

Rather than be a potential Heisman candidate in 2013, Bernard opted to enter the NFL Draft.

"Gio is a special player and an even better person," Fedora said. "He flourished in our offense and was an outstanding leader for our program.

"After the season was over, we helped him gather as much information as possible so he and his family could make the best decision for his future. We support his decision and wish him nothing but success as he takes the next step in his football career."

Dazzling runner, but size (5-10, 205) and durability are legitimate concerns.


Strengths: Bernard is compactly built with good lower body drive, running decisive and hard with some power. He has quick feet and loose hips to make smooth lateral cuts and make open field moves with the acceleration to force poor angles by defenders.

Bernard has elusive moves and makes quick decisions, using terrific peripheral vision with little hesitation. He uses his eyes well to quickly survey the field and set up his moves, finding the hole and creating room for him to run. Bernard has very good patience and feel as a runner, showing the awareness to pick through defenses and get everything out of each touch. He runs with very good pad level, natural leverage and balance to keep his feet and continue to fight forward.

Bernard runs close to the ground and is a tough ballcarrier to square up for defenders due to his smaller stature and active run style. He is able to carry some tacklers with his leg drive and toughness and always seems to be falling forward. Bernard is an effective pass catcher with very good focus and hands to make tough grabs (almost 100 career catches).

He has some return experience on punts with two career special teams touchdowns, including the game-winning score against NC State in 2012.

Bernard has been productive the past two seasons with over 2,500 career rushing yards, the first North Carolina running back to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in back-to-back seasons since Natrone Means (1991-92). He can do it all and be left on the field on any down, in any situation.

Weaknesses: Bernard lacks breakaway speed and can be caught from behind. He doesn't have ideal build and strength for the position, lacking the growth potential to get much bigger.

Bernard needs to stay focused on returns, he botched a return against Virginia in 2012 and the Cavaliers recovered.

He has strong durability concerns, missing two games in 2012 and parts of several other contests with various injuries including to his shoulder and lower body (also tore his ACL in 2010).

Bernard gives good effort in pass protection, but limited due to his size and has room to improve.

Compares To: Besides durability and a smaller-than-ideal frame, it's tough to find negatives to Gio's game. Reminds me a lot of Trent Richardson, just not as powerful or durable. Borderline first-rounder.

--Dane Brugler

REASONING: As much as I like BJGE for short yardage situations, we all know he's not an every down back. What I like most about GIO are his hands. I don't believe Dalton is a premier QB, but he is more than adequate if given outlets. GIO has great vision and is elusive to make guys miss. He reminds me of Ray Rice.

2b. Da'Rick Rogers, WR

School: Tennessee Tech | Conference: OVC
College Experience: Junior Ht. 6'3", WT 206, 40 time 4.52


Rogers is a virtual Julio Jones clone, exhibiting an exciting combination of size, strength and explosiveness.

He signed with Tennessee as one of the most highly regarded prep prospects in the entire country, and immediately showed off his versatility, racking up 167 yards as a receiver and 117 yards as a runner (reverses, etc.).

Rogers was expected to serve as the complementary piece to Justin Hunter in 2011, but stepped up once his teammate was injured and went on to lead the SEC with 1,040 receiving yards in 2011. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark in six games, one short of a Tennessee record, and earned First Team All-SEC honors by the media and league coaches.

While there are plenty of traits about Rogers scouts will love, one they must be concerned about is Rogers' accountability on and off the field. For violating team rules, Rogers was suspended indefinitely by Tennessee coach Derek Dooley on Aug. 23 and ultimately transferred to Tennessee Tech.

"We're excited to have him and look forward to working with him," Tech coach Watson Brown said Aug. 27. "It's a unique situation for me, but we know he's a good kid. He knows a couple of the players on our team, and we know his high school coach, and we're going on their recommendations.

"After meeting with Da'Rick and his family, I can see what everybody is saying about him," Brown added. "We've met with Da'Rick and he understands our expectations."

Rogers played in all 11 games for Tennessee Tech in 2012, and was the man among boys he was expected to be, leading the team with 61 catches for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns. No one else on the roster had more than 28 receptions, and Rogers put up his staggering numbers despite every opponent game-planning to contain him.

Character red-flags galore, but undeniably an elite talent.


Strengths: Despite playing in the ultra-physical SEC, Rogers proved too strong for most teams to consider pressing. He's also versatile, showing the ability to line up outside, as well as in the slot. While it is easy to get excited about Rogers' size-speed potential, one of his greatest attributes is simply his toughness, as he absorbed several big collisions on games viewed and never dropped a pass due to a hit while at Tennessee. Rogers is a powerful runner who fights for additional yardage and has the agility and speed to run away from the pack for explosive plays.

Weaknesses: Generally a reliable pass catcher, but will occasionally look to juke the defender before securing the pass, resulting in an occasional bad drop. Until he cleans up the conception that he's a troublemaker, it may not matter how talented Rogers is, NFL teams will be too concerned to give him the first-round grade his talent deserves.

--Rob Rang

REASONING: AJ Green is incredible. But, the other side of the field is sorely lacking. I really like Sanu in the slot, but Marvin Jones is not the answer. He's not aggressive at the LOS or in attacking the ball and Dalton doesn't throw enough of a fastball to allow the WR to wait for it. Rogers is a beast. He's not afraid to take a hit, great hands, and a powerful runner with speed. Now imagine the Bengals lining up with AJ and Rogers on the outside, Sanu in the slot, Gio in the backfield, and Gresham (If he can play like he did against KC).

3. Bacarri Rambo, FS

School: Georgia | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior HT. 6'1", WT. 215, 40 time 4.54


Rambo was a three-star recruit by coming out of Donalsonville, Ga., and redshirted in 2008.

He was named Georgia's Newcomer of the Year on defense the following year, registering 25 tackles and a pair of interceptions in 11 games. Rambo developed into an All-SEC third-team player by Phil Steele as a redshirt sophomore, recording 82 tackles and three interceptions while starting all 13 games.

Rambo continued to elevate his play in 2011, again starting all 13 games and recording 55 tackles, eight pass break-ups and a team-high eight interceptions. He was named second-team All-American by Walter Camp.

A second violation of Georgia's drug policy led to a four-game suspension to give off Rambo's senior season. He returned to finish the season with 67 tackles and three interceptions.

An accomplished ball-hawk (16 career INTs) and an intimidating hitter, Rambo only has to reassure teams he's trustworthy to warrant early-round consideration.


STRENGTHS: Looks the part. Has a well-developed, evenly proportioned frame well suited to the position.

Intuitive defender who reads the quarterback's eyes well and gets a jump on the ball in coverage. Shows good burst to the ball due to above average acceleration and straight-line speed. Times his leaps/contact with receivers nicely, showing good body control and hand-eye coordination to play physically without drawing the flag.

Locates the ball and has very good ball skills. Possesses soft hands to pluck the ball away from this frame as well as the ability to track it over his shoulder.

Highly aggressive tackler. Looks to lower the boom on unsuspecting receivers crossing the middle. Lowers his shoulder into ball-carriers, though he sees what he's hitting, not lowering his head and spearing the opponent and drawing the flag.

Generally takes good angles to the ball and plays a key role in Georgia's defense as the last line of defense. Made Georgia's secondary calls for at least the last two seasons. Played free safety at Georgia but possesses the size and physicality to play either of the traditional safety roles in the NFL.

WEAKNESSES: Has a tendency to lead with his shoulder rather than wrapping up fully as a tackler, leading to some slip-ups. Generally gauges pursuit angles well but can get caught up in the trash when he gets too aggressive, leading to some cut-back opportunities for backs with vision, burst to exploit.

Does not possess the elite recovery speed that his 16 career interceptions might indicate and is, in fact, a bit of a gambler.

Has twice failed drug tests while at Georgia and was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season due to his most recent violation.

COMPARES TO: Dashon Goldson, FS, San Francisco 49ers: Like the 49ers' standout free safety, Rambo has a tendency to make splashy plays as a pass thief and intimidating hitter but is prone to an occasional breakdown. If he can tighten up his game (and his off-field decision-making) Rambo has the talent to earn Pro Bowl consideration, just as Goldson has done for the 49ers.

--Rob Rang

REASONING: The Bengals have been missing a playmaker at S since Fulcher. Zimmer like his safeties to be interchangeable and Rambo is a ball hawk who can hit.

4. Brian Schwenke, C

School: California | Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior HT 6'3", WT.307, 40 time 5.23

01/23/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Tuesday: While John Jenkins (DT, Georgia) has shown the ability to dominate lesser opponents, California center Brian Schwenke has proven surprisingly effective when taking on the massive defender. While perhaps not the most aesthetically-pleasing blocker, Schwenke shows good quickness, functional strength and understands leverage. He sinks his hips on contact, anchoring well despite being significantly lighter at 6-3, 307 pounds than many of his opponents. - Rob Rang

REASONING: Schwenke started 3 different positions while at Cal, 16 at LG, 12 at C, and 8 at RG. I look forward to seeing what Robinson can do in year 2, but Center is not a strong position for us and Schwenke adds competition and versatility.

5. Tyrann Mathieu, CB

School: LSU | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior HT 5'9", WT. 178, 40 time 4.54


A New Orleans native, Mathieu arrived at LSU as the No. 13-ranked cornerback prospect in the nation by In two seasons on the field, Mathieu was a fan favorite with a penchant for big plays in critical situations before off-field issues derailed his college career.

He made an immediate impact as a freshman in 2010, earning the backup job to Patrick Peterson in fall practices and playing in all 13 games, including one start at left cornerback. He led the SEC with five forced fumbles - the first glimpse at Mathieu's big-play flair. Despite his 5-foot-9 frame, Mathieu had a team-high seven pass break-ups as a freshman to go along with 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions.

Mathieu closed out his first season in Baton Rouge by earning the Cotton Bowl Defensive Most Outstanding Player award by recording seven tackles, one tackle for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception, one sack and one pass breakup.

Nicknamed "Honey Badger," Mathieu burst onto the national scene in 2011. He led the team with 70 tackles, forced an SEC-best six fumbles and recovered five.

Mathieu's big-play ability was also evident on punt returns, as he ranked second in the nation with a 16.2-yard return. He was named the SEC Championship Game MVP against Georgia after he returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown, posted four solo tackles and recovered a fumble.

Mathieu earned a trip to New York as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first Tiger to earn an invitation to the ceremony since Charles Alexander in 1977. He also won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the nation's top defender as year after Peterson won the honor.

Poised to build on that success in 2012, Mathieu was abruptly dismissed from the LSU program Aug. 10 for violating team policy - reportedly for multiple failed drug tests.

"This is a very difficult day for our team," LSU head coach Les Miles said. "We lose a quality person, teammate and contributor to the program. However, with that being said, we have a standard that our players are held to and when that standard is not met, there are consequences. "It's hard because we all love Tyrann. We will do what we can as coaches, teammates, and friends to get him on a path where he can have success. We are going to miss him."

Mathieu considered transferring to McNeese State and visited the school, but ultimately enrolled at LSU for the fall semester after a brief stay in a drug rehabilitation center.

Mathieu and three other former LSU football players - Jordan Jefferson, Karnell Hatcher and Derrick Bryant - were arrested Oct. 25 after police found drug-related materials in Mathieu's apartment along with marijuana. Mathieu was booked on charges of simple possession of marijuana and later released.

NFL scouts who were encouraged by Mathieu's decision to meet daily with former NBA player and head coach John Lucas, who battled drug addiction in the past, now had more off-field issues to weigh. had projected him as a top-40 pick before his suspension. His value will depend on how teams judge his explanation of his off-field missteps.


Positives: Plays bigger than his size. Doesn't back from the physical challenge of lining up opposite taller wideouts and is actually more effective the closer he is to the line of scrimmage, demonstrating stellar instincts and awareness to avoid blocks and make plays in close quarters. Possesses excellent lateral agility and acceleration which gives him the ability to close quickly on the ball. Is a tenacious defender with strong, active hands to rip the ball away. Excellent ball skills. Minimizes his natural height disadvantage by timing his leap well in jump-ball situations and competing throughout the catch process, ripping away at the ball as he and the intended receiver are descending. Naturally plucks the ball out of the air and secures it quickly. Tracks the ball well over his shoulder. Quick feet, fluid hips and a legitimate second gear make him very effective in coverage, especially on shorter routes. Dynamic returner with a flair for the dramatic. Has demonstrated the ability to play well on the big stage against elite competition.

Negatives: Lacks ideal height for the position and is quicker than he is fast, making him susceptible on longer throws. Highly aggressive and will bite on underneath routes. Possesses the suddenness to make up for a miss-step but does not have the elite straight-line speed to recover against a well-executed double-move and accurate pass. Trusts his instincts too much and can put his teammates in difficult positions by drifting to where he anticipates the quarterback will be going with the football. As such, cerebral NFL quarterbacks will be able to manipulate him with their eyes and potentially beat him over the top with accurate deep passes. Has a well-documented history of poor decisions off the field that could result in even more struggles given the money and notoriety he'll receive as an NFL player.

Compares To: Antoine Winfield, CB, Minnesota Vikings -- Like the 5-09, 180 pound Winfield, Mathieu has Pro Bowl potential due to his tenacity, instincts and physicality.

--Rob Rang

REASONING: While the "Honey Badger" has more than his fair share of red flags, in round 5, he is worth the risk. Although only 5'9" he plays much larger. His instincts on the field are second to none in this draft class. He becomes our #1 punt returner, allowing us to part ways with Tate and would add a playmaker to cover the slot.

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