Dating back to his long tenure in Tennessee, Jeff Fisher has never been shy about drafting players with off-field issues. His first draft as Rams coach a year ago was no exception. See: cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, and to a lesser extent wide receiver Chris Givens.
There have been a few bumps along the way for those three as Rams, but for the most part the early returns on them are good. In terms of this year’s draft, Fisher and general manager Les Snead could be staring at another such decision in Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree.

Only this time, the decision will come in the first round instead of the second (Jenkins), third (Johnson), and fourth (Givens). Early on in the pre-draft process, Ogletree was considered a top 10 pick. And that projected status came despite a four-game suspension at the beginning of Georgia’s season for a positive drug test.

And then shortly before the NFL Scouting Combine in late February, Ogletree was arrested for a DUI. Obviously that arrest didn’t reflect well on Ogletree and showed an alarming lack of common sense given its proximity to the Combine – the most important single event in the pre-draft process and a gridiron version of a job fair.

There were murmurs that Ogletree didn’t interview well with teams at the Combine, and he didn’t come off as very remorseful over the DUI in his media interview sessions.

“I’m a good person at heart,” Ogletree told reporters then. “Everybody makes mistakes. I feel real bad about the situation. I’m learning from it and I’m moving forward.”

We won’t know for sure until the draft, but his stock seemingly has dropped and it now looks like he could be available when the Rams pick at No. 16 overall, and perhaps even at No. 22 overall.

What will the Rams do if that’s the case? Ogletree may prove particularly tempting to the Rams if both the projected top two wide receivers are gone by No. 16: West Virginia’s Tavon Austin and Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson.

As much as they need help at the skill positions on offense, outside linebacker is the second-biggest need on defense for the Rams (with safety being the biggest).