Rams trade down, select Alec Ogletree at No. 30

Rams trade down, select Alec Ogletree at No. 30

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Rams trade down, select Alec Ogletree at No. 30

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by Scott Bierman / FootballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 12:32 PM

(FootballStL) -- After trading up with the Buffalo Bills to draft Tavon Austin, the St. Louis Rams decided to trade down from the No. 22 overall pick on Thursday night.

The Rams sent their second first-round pick, which was acquired from the Washington Redskins last year, to the Atlanta Falcons for the 30th overall pick, third and sixth round picks. In addition, the Rams sent a conditional seventh-round pick in 2015 to Atlanta.

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The Rams selected Alec Ogletree, a linebacker from the Georgia Bulldogs, with the 30th pick. Ogletree registered 111 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in 2012.

The 6-foot-2, 242-pound linebacker missed four games last season for Georgia after violating team rules.

“I was young and dumb and made a mistake in my life. I’m ready to move forward and start this new chapter in my life,” Ogletree said. “I do have stuff to try to build my name back up to make it better than what it’s been. I can definitely say that.”

Head coach Jeff Fisher says he isn’t concerned about Ogletree’s past incidents and, along with general manager Les Snead, called him a top-15 pick if he didn’t have the off-field issues.

“People are going to make mistakes,” Fisher said. “I think this was more of a maturity issue.”

It was an expected trade to move down for the Rams, who struck a deal earlier in the night with the Bills to get the top-ranked wide receiver in the draft, Tavon Austin, with the 8th overall pick.

Ogletree figures to play the outside linebacker position for the Rams.

“I’ll be happy to play any position they want me to play and I’ll say this is a blessing,” Ogletree said.

Many scouts are enamored by his speed for his position. He ran a 4.7-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine.

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