Mante Te’o: We Have our Questions

Was looking at Mante Te’o in the combine. Putting all the catfishing stuff aside, I’d have my concerns about a team selecting him with a high pick. Today he ran a 4.82 40. He didn’t even participate in the lifting. He said he lost weight before the combine so he was down to 241. I would suspect that would have helped his speed, which it did not:

http://nfl.cpl.delvenetworks.com/player/carousel/usatoday.html?mediaId=adb7f7bd4ca842e99743b0342b7e2bb4

Granted, Te’o is a football player, not a track star. We don’t expect our linebackers to have elite speed, since most of them are huge. But the last time we saw Te’o, he was looking small and weak in the National Title Game. He wasn’t one of the players we saw and said “this guy is still hanging in here but his teammates are letting down.” He couldn’t cover and he couldn’t shed blocks and tackle. Te’o looked like the product of the Notre Dame loving media and a team playing in the Midwest with an enormous fan base.

I always thought it was Brent Musberger who made A.J. Hawk into a high 1st round pick. Remember Texas playing Ohio State the year when UT won the national title? Musberger made it seem like Hawk was chasing Vince Young … an elite athlete … all over the field. After Hawk went to the NFL, we found not only was he an inside linebacker, he was a guy who was selected way above (5th overall) than where he should have gone.

I’m hoping my team can get Te’o with a 3rd rounder. You should too. He’d be an excellent 3rd rounder. That’s where I’d pick a two-down linebacker. I’ve heard he should be expected to go between 25 and 45 overall but losing weight and still being slow should set off alarms for teams. If Te’o hadn’t had the catfishing incident and he never played for Notre Dame, he’d be in the 3rd or 4th round. Nice run-stopper if he bulks back up, will struggle in coverage. Should have a nice career if expectations aren’t completely out of whack.

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I love sports. I don't love the hype, homerism, ratings talk, self-important egomaniacs, bias or any of the other nonsense you get with the national media. Nor will you get the two clowns on sports talk radio who stage phony arguments. It doesn't make it entertaining. It makes it time to turn on your iPod and jam instead of listening to white noise generators. This is the sports blog for you, the ones who don't like everything Los Angeles or New York. Just because the sporting media is based there doesn't mean we have to like their teams. We do treat them fairly, though. That means if one of those cities has an average QB who plays particularly well...we'll note it. If they're garbage, we'll say so. Instead of crying "why, why, why" like a certain sports media homer did in his radio broadcast. This isn't my job...I have a real one. Nevertheless, I'll post here when I make an observation. Common sense in sports is nearly dead. Now we're attempting to bring it back.
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