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:
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.