Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 3/1/2013 12:00 AM EST
Has anyone's stock ever fallen as fast and aggressively as Te'o's in such a bizarre manner? The horrible performance in the National Championship game hurt bad enough, but now in the wake of the fake girlfriend hoax and the poor combine he has been mentioned as a 3rd rounder or worse. I personally thought that he looked out of shape and lethargic at the combine, and apparently many scouts agreed. I think that one of the biggest issues that may steer teams away from him is the fact that you would be inviting a huge media circus into your training camp if you draft Te'o, ala Tebow with the Jets last year. We all saw how well that worked out. If BB tries to get cute and pick Te'o this year, I swear that I will freak out. Check out this article I read about him.
A sample of NFL general managers might not have been alarmed by Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's 4.82 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, but Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh's immediate reaction was telling.
Harbaugh isn't alone in his disappointment. Asked by NFL.com's Kimberly Jones if anyone at the combine was impressed by Te'o's workout, one head coach replied, "How could you be?"
Another head coach expressed skepticism about Te'o's athleticism before the linebackers even worked out Monday. "I worry about Notre Dame guys," said the coach. "Are they as athletic as they need to be? How does he stack up (with other linebackers)?"
As SiriusXM NFL Radio's Ross Tucker pointed out, Te'o is going to have to show superior talent from day one in the NFL to shake the "catfishing" stigma in his next locker room.
2013 Pro Days Schedule By Date Between the combine and the draft, prospects work out for scouts at individual pro days at their respective schools. Full schedule.
"I don't want him," one veteran scout told Tucker. "Leadership is one of his big positives but he won't have that now because guys in the locker room are going to really be hard on him ... He'll be a target. He's going to have to play lights out for a while to gain that back."
All it takes for Te'o to go off the draft board in the first round is one team that believes he's capable of making an instant impact. He shouldn't get his hopes up. A third head coach told Jones, "He's just not the rare athlete. It's not worth it.