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Kiper says there’s “no way” Te’o escapes first round

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The Ravens have an acute need for inside linebacker help, but draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said there’s “no way,” Manti Te’o is on the board when they pick, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The Ravens, who own the 32nd overall pick, seem like a reasonable fit for the Notre Dame linebacker. But Kiper predicted he wouldn’t get past the Giants (19th overall), Bears (20th) or Vikings (23rd and 25th).

Kiper also predicted Georgia’s Alec Ogletree would be gone before the Ravens are on the clock, with LSU’s Kevin Minter as a possibility there.

While those teams could use middle linebacker help, what we don’t know is whether those teams’ evaluations of Te’o match Kiper’s.

It’s possible they view him as simply a two-down player, who lacks the speed and range to be effective on passing downs.

Te’o was manhandled by Alabama in the national championship game, and that tape, coupled with average speed, make it reasonable to wonder whether he’s worth a first-rounder at all.

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51 Responses to “Kiper says there’s “no way” Te’o escapes first round”
  1. ickky says: Apr 4, 2013 9:27 AM

    Pull the Trigger Chicago

  2. spellingcops says: Apr 4, 2013 9:27 AM

    How’s Jimmy Clausen doing in the NFL, Kiper? I think if this guy truly knew anything about draftees, he’d be in the front office of a team.

  3. EJ says: Apr 4, 2013 9:34 AM

    I have a feeling that he will slide all the way to the Ravens at 32. Many teams will pass on him because of his slow 40 yard dash, the Alabama game and the G/F lie. The Ravens will be the first team to give him a chance, and in my eyes they will be well rewarded with that decision. Te’o will end up being that missing piece that fills the spot of Ray Lewis.

  4. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 4, 2013 9:36 AM

    I think this young man would be more comfortable in MN, for obvious reasons.

  5. kev86 says: Apr 4, 2013 9:39 AM

    I’m going to need a new TV if the G-Men select Te’o at 19. I highly doubt Reese will pick him.

  6. dbones750 says: Apr 4, 2013 9:40 AM

    If Te’o had been injured for the championship game and opted to not run at the combine, would he have been a lock for the first round?

    If he had a Jamarcus style bowl game, would he go #1 overall?

    And media hype is what’s wrong with the draft system. Look at what happened to Vontaze “non-draftable kid” Burfict. I think Manti will have a similar chip on his shoulder and may end up being a solid player for a LB needy squad.

  7. irishbias says: Apr 4, 2013 9:45 AM

    Faster than Burfict who led the Bengals in tackles last year. Not to mention he had 7 interceptions last year! Kiper can’t know what he is talking about. He has only been a draft expert for 30 years! IDIOT!

  8. lovefootball4life says: Apr 4, 2013 9:47 AM

    Mock drafts and speculation are all over the place right now. One set of experts doesn’t even have Te’o in the first round. Another set has him gone before the Ravens. Minter is most frequently in the Ravens 32nd pick.

    I do think it is kind of funny Kiper stated what on the surface appears to be obvious: Ravens need OT, LB, and Safety. True or not, anyone who watches football enough could have reached that conclusion. Sort of makes me question his insight.

  9. ravensrooster94 says: Apr 4, 2013 9:51 AM

    I say there’s no way the Ravens draft Te’o even if he IS available at 32. See Gantt’s last paragraph; succinct and to the point.

  10. contract says: Apr 4, 2013 9:53 AM

    I don’t get the Te’o love. He’s a run stuffer with poor tackling skills. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen him fall off of tackles when chasing plays toward the sidelines.

  11. dalucks says: Apr 4, 2013 10:02 AM

    Kiper also said Brady Quinn was a top ten pick and Alex Smith was better than Aaron Rodgers so there is room for error in his opinion and evaluations.

  12. maverickjcw says: Apr 4, 2013 10:05 AM

    Te’o was an average LB made to look better than he really was by his teammates. The Alabama game just shows how bad he really is. If he got beat that bad by a college team, a NFL will destroy him and expose his below average capabilities. Mix this all in with the GF BS and you have the making for fall in the draft and a quick exit from the NFL once he gets there.

  13. officialgame says: Apr 4, 2013 10:12 AM

    Mel Kiper is yesterdays news. Te’o is not a first round talent.

  14. getyourownname says: Apr 4, 2013 10:19 AM

    As to the so-called “acute need,” it’s not like there are any experienced free agent ILBs still available, right? Or that the Ravens have some ILBs on their roster already? ILBs can more easily be found as UDFAs than other positions, which is how they got Ellerbe.

    I will be very surprised if they take Teo in the first round, or maybe at all.

  15. ozymandias121 says: Apr 4, 2013 10:20 AM

    That is why you work for ESPN Mel.

  16. chattcowboy says: Apr 4, 2013 10:33 AM

    Mel Kiper might want to retract what he’s saying about Manti Teo going in the 1st Rd. He’s putting his reputation on the line. I know for a fact that he’s not going in the 1st Rd…It’s a simple case of supply and demand. And in this case it’s not a big demand for a Middle Linebacker.

  17. occamssabre says: Apr 4, 2013 10:43 AM

    Te’o is average and will NOT be drafted by the Ravens. Everyone saw how a real college football team “manhandled” him and Ozzie is an Alabama alum. Don’t think he didn’t notice either.

    I’d bet on a move up higher into the first if someone they like is in the mid to high 20′s OR the Ravens trade back into the 2nd. Thats just what they do.

    As Tiki would say, I’d be “flabbergasted” if the Ravens pick Te’o in any round, much less the 1st.

  18. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 4, 2013 10:45 AM

    Perfect pick for the Ravens. He will replace Ayanbadejo in a couple areas.

  19. timbuttrum says: Apr 4, 2013 10:53 AM

    I’d take that bet all day long. As a WVU alumni, I see Geno Smith and Te’o (and his imaginary) baggage plummet ting on draft day. Te’o won’t be called until the second day of the draft.

  20. melikefootball says: Apr 4, 2013 10:54 AM

    Kiper’s creditability goes down more and more each year.

  21. billsfan1 says: Apr 4, 2013 11:03 AM

    He isnt first round talent, but that doesnt mean he wont go in the first

  22. gtisme says: Apr 4, 2013 11:04 AM

    Even if he’s there, I don’t want the Ravens to pick him, I’d like best available please. He’s not that at 32!

  23. 2ruefan says: Apr 4, 2013 11:06 AM

    I think this guy has been made notable as the product of a bunch of media hype and sob-stories and is an average player at best.

    As a Vikes Fan, I PRAY they do not draft this guy.

    I have nothing against him, but from what I’ve seen, I predict he will be a special teamer and a back-up WIL backer in the NFL.. at BEST.

  24. paintan8 says: Apr 4, 2013 11:07 AM

    Kiper thinks every player who comes out of Notre Dame is God’s gift to football. His constant over evaluation of ND players boarders on embarrassment at times. Any team who drafts this guy before the fourth round is throwing away a pick. One of the most over hyped and overrated players to come around in a long time

  25. jiveturkeygobbler says: Apr 4, 2013 11:18 AM

    The Great Water Buffalo has spoken, and so it shall come to pass. I don’t put too much into just the Alabama game. That offensive line is going to have a couple pro bowlers on it, and Eddie Lacey is no joke either.

  26. bigbluemagoo says: Apr 4, 2013 11:54 AM

    if the giants pick him the media will destroy this kid unfortunately. jpp will throw him over his shoulder and throw him in a tub of ice.. of course he will really just throw him on the ground because the tub of ice will be just make believe #fakegirlfriendprank

  27. pleasefirecam says: Apr 4, 2013 12:03 PM

    Ravens will wait and get Keith Pough in round 3.

  28. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 4, 2013 12:18 PM

    My favorite Kiper prediction was during the 1986 draft when he called Vinny Testaverde not only the greatest quarterback ever drafted but also the greatest player ever drafted. That came AFTER Penn State had exposed Vinny by picking him off five times in the Fiesta Bowl.
    Yep, “Turnover” Testaverde was a great one. I’m still laughing.

  29. theytukrjobs says: Apr 4, 2013 12:30 PM

    Teo was considered a top 15 pick before the fake girlfriend thing. I don’t think Kiper is that out of line to think he’s highly likely to go in the 1st round.

    He’s not real fast but he has sick college stats. He was bad in the Bama game but he was damn good in a lot of other games.

    Teo will probably go after Ogletree and before Minter, like Kiper predicts. Where he goes will depend on where Ogletree goes and how highly the teams right after that value ILB. My guess is that he’ll go late in the 1st round.

    I think the Vikings will take a middle linebacker in rounds 2 through 4 so Teo is probably out. Vikings really only need a 2 down backer to man the middle at this point.

  30. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 4, 2013 12:50 PM

    As usual Mel Kiper is full of more s**t than a christmas turkey.

  31. ijahru says: Apr 4, 2013 12:56 PM

    Te’o was manhandled by Alabama in the national championship game, and that tape, coupled with average speed, make it reasonable to wonder whether he’s worth a first-rounder at all.

    That statements pretty much shows that you don’t know players and only read headlines. The Alabama game, his mind was completely somewhere else and it is easy to see why he played the way he did. He ran a 4.8 which is not bad for a MLB. When you watch some game tape on him from the last two seasons then come back and give us an informed opinion.

  32. searcy69 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:18 PM

    According to Kiper in the 2010 Draft, Jimmy Clausen was the best quarterback in the draft. Kiper had the same agent as Clausen… Who is Te’o agent? Hmmm!!! Another great predictiction or favor by Mel Kiper

  33. jimr10 says: Apr 4, 2013 1:20 PM

    How did that pick of Ryan Leaf over Peyton Manning work for you Mel?

  34. steeldominance says: Apr 4, 2013 1:47 PM

    Te’o needs to add a stabbing, domestic violence charge, or steroids to his record if he wants to be drafted by the Ravens.

  35. oldlineman says: Apr 4, 2013 2:17 PM

    It looks like we might have to wait till Rd 1 is over, won’t we Mike. When men are paid good money to make decisions like that. Now you might feel you are better at scouting than they are….

  36. letafan4ever says: Apr 4, 2013 3:12 PM

    lazy reporting. This is getting old.
    Many NFL experts predict Te’o goes in 1st round including Mayock, King, Casserly, Polian, Daniel,
    Brooks etc etc.
    No way to know for sure until Draft Day.
    Won every defensive award there is this year.
    No arrest, no drugs, good grades, Many charitable works etc etc.
    These articles with misleading Headlines is to get hits. If he doesn’t go in first round, he’ll make the most of it.

    Give the kid a break and report on some of the other Hundred of player including Ogletree with Dui, Postive drug tests, suspensions etc.

  37. deltaoracle says: Apr 4, 2013 3:41 PM

    Fortunately the mute button offers some escape from Mel.

  38. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Apr 4, 2013 4:56 PM

    LMAO i love the selective memory when it comes to Manti..not just the 114 tackles for loss in his 4 years at ND, or the 400 + tackles he had..but the fact that Ogletree and minter BOTH also got manhandled by Bama…T’eo wasnt the only one that had a bad game against them, time for people to start remembering that

  39. randallflagg52 says: Apr 4, 2013 5:42 PM

    Teo is not a 2 down line backer. He had 7 INTs and 15 passes broken up or defended his senior year. Compare that to his Jr year, when he obviously wasn’t asked to cover as much (you can tell by looking at his sack and tackle for loss totals)

    The guy had one bad game. ONE. Look at his entire career. Teo improved each and every season in college. You don’t become one of the most decorated players in the history of college football by being overrated, slow, or limited. Whatever team drafts him is going to get a great player.

  40. 1590t says: Apr 4, 2013 5:48 PM

    How does Mel Kiper have a following? The guy hasn’t made a correct call in years.

  41. spideyunderoos says: Apr 4, 2013 6:09 PM

    Too much is made of the ‘bama game.

    The whole ND defense was overwhelmed. Teo made himself look worse by trying to do it all, over-commiting, trying to jump plays in the backfield when his job description was to stay home and lever down the line, make the tackle after a one or two yard gain.

    Pro coaches will remind him of his role and keep him out of the backfield except on called defensive plays. He’s going to be just fine.

  42. spideyunderoos says: Apr 4, 2013 6:14 PM

    By the way, the behavior I describe above was called “going native” by my coaches at school. That is, when a defensive player starts chasing the ball instead of following his assignment.

    It is a common affliction, and can make even the best player look a fool. It is correctable, however: “Drop and give me 50!”

  43. sixjak says: Apr 4, 2013 6:39 PM

    So many here want to see this kid fail because he lied about a fake dead GF. They point to the Alabama game as their big “see, see, he sucks”. Kiper is NOT the only draft expert picking this guy to go in the 1st round.

    Fortunately for Te’O, GM’s don’t have their fragile egos tied to the theory that because of this very goofy and unfortunate side show that occurred in this young mans life, he is THE worst human being ever and will be the biggest bust in the history of the NFL. They are smarter than that.

  44. rextraordinaire says: Apr 4, 2013 8:12 PM

    Te’o goes to New York, the media eats him alive because he is Manti Te’o.

    Te’o goes to Chicago, the media eats him alive because he isn’t Brian Urlacher.

    Same goes for Baltimore because he isn’t Ray Lewis.

    Te’o goes to Minnesota, and he enjoys a quiet life because no one in the media cares about the Vikings enough to actually want to live way up there.

  45. whatjusthapped says: Apr 4, 2013 10:10 PM

    Mel is not qualified to judge talent and has missed so often you wonder why they still put him on the air. The guy is a complete tool, if he had anyone’s respect, a GM would hire him. The fact that the Vikings wouldn’t even do it shows you how little he knows.

  46. letafan4ever says: Apr 4, 2013 11:43 PM

    Some other teams mentioned have been Denver and Indiana!! Both good choices.

  47. vikingboy26 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:29 AM

    Vikings need to go WR and DT in Round 1, CB in Round 2, and I would like them to take Jon Bostic out of Florida in Round 3 – he’s better suited to play the Cover 2 because he’s the fastest ILB in the draft.

  48. banlarson says: Apr 5, 2013 10:48 AM

    “I would like them to take Jon Bostic out of Florida in Round 3 – he’s better suited to play the Cover 2 because he’s the fastest ILB in the draft.”

    Watch tape of Bostic against Ohio St, he was horrible, looked like a ballet dancer prancing on his toes and getting taken out by every block. Vikes need a thumper in the middle along with someone like Sylvester Williams at DT to soak up blockers. Minter would fit nicely, but they can move down to get him. Te’o was a great college player, but won’t translate to pros.

    However, Te’o is a lock by MN given Spielman’s man love for Notre Dame players.

  49. wnstonchill says: Apr 5, 2013 11:28 AM

    Why not Bears? If he doesn’t work out, he’ll make another great family pet for the McCaskey family. Infact, they can put a double leash on him and the McCaskey’s beloved family pet of 30 years, Ted Phillips, and walk ‘em both together.

  50. 7ransponder says: Apr 5, 2013 1:13 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Apr 4, 2013 9:36 AM
    I think this young man would be more comfortable in MN, for obvious reasons.

    ————————

    Oh look, bigotry from a Packer fan – “that’s really surprising” – said no one ever.

  51. fluffy19 says: Apr 5, 2013 7:40 PM

    I’m breaking my 2 biggest rules on here:
    1. Don’t feed the trolls
    2. Don’t respond to someone calling themselves rextraordinaire…but

    rextraordinaire says:
    Apr 4, 2013 8:12 PM
    Te’o goes to New York, the media eats him alive because he is Manti Te’o.

    Te’o goes to Chicago, the media eats him alive because he isn’t Brian Urlacher.

    Same goes for Baltimore because he isn’t Ray Lewis.

    Te’o goes to Minnesota, and he enjoys a quiet life because no one in the media cares about the Vikings enough to actually want to live way up there.

    –The same way the media left Favre and Moss alone? D’ok. I’ll say it again, though. Keep telling the world how horrible MN is to live in…more room for us ;)

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