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Manti Te’o made pre-draft visit to Bears

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The Bears hosted former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o on a pre-draft visit, Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post reported Wednesday.

According to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago, the meeting between the Bears and Te’o occurred at the club’s Lake Forest, Ill. headquarters in recent weeks. The team and its long-time starting middle linebacker, Brian Urlacher, could not reach a new contract agreement earlier in the offseason.

The Bears have added veteran linebackers James Anderson and D.J. Williams in free agency and currently have nine players at the position.

The Bears have one pick in each of the first two rounds (Nos. 20 and 50, respectively). They dealt their third-round selection to Miami for Brandon Marshall in 2012.

Few prospects have ever drawn as much scrutiny as Te’o has, and the occasion of his drafting will spark another round of stories about his past. Then, the workouts will begin with his new club, and we will start to get some fresh data points on the issue of whether or not he can play on the NFL level.

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19 Responses to “Manti Te’o made pre-draft visit to Bears”
  1. larryboodry says: Apr 11, 2013 12:45 AM

    Sadly, no matter how good he ultimately becomes, he will forever be haunted by the fake-girlfriend issue, and by questions regarding his sexual orientation.

    My concern if the Bears draft him is two-fold…One, that his performance against Alabama will be how he plays in the NFL, and two, that opposing teams and their fans, instead of fearing him, will make him a laughingstock around the league.

    Better Emery should draft Brown or Ogletree.

  2. geraldthecat says: Apr 11, 2013 12:48 AM

    Weather or not he can lie at the next level?

  3. coltzfan166 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:26 AM

    I really hope this guy does good and shuts everyone up. Maybe gets a real girlfriend too.

  4. homerhanky82 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:58 AM

    Remember that everything you hear from here on out is a smokescreen. Nothing but BS to get someone to panic

  5. macdbeliever says: Apr 11, 2013 3:36 AM

    Kid is going to be a solid NFL player. Probably not a HOF’r, but a 3-5 time pro bowler. This fake GF thing will be forgotten with solid play. Remember, this is the NFL, Americas sport, winning trumps all. If the kid proves a winner, he will be remembered as such.
    –Wolverines/Broncos fan.

  6. rextraordinaire says: Apr 11, 2013 6:18 AM

    Reports are that Emery and friends were fairly impressed with him untul they discovered that he doesnt care much for deep dish pizza.

    “Unacceptable!” Emery blurted out, “Not only does Ogletree like deep dish, but he can twirl his spaghetti with the best of them”

  7. floratiotime says: Apr 11, 2013 6:22 AM

    Then he swung by San Francisco and Fire Island.

  8. canuck54143 says: Apr 11, 2013 7:46 AM

    He’s has bust all over him. Take best available CB, DT, C, or Guard.

  9. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: Apr 11, 2013 8:20 AM

    I like how they took that picture in front of a blown-up image of a practice facility mounted on the bed of a speeding pickup truck, it really gives the Teo the appearance of motion.

  10. thompsonway says: Apr 11, 2013 8:38 AM

    I don’t like Te’o, and I am not sure why. Is it his slow 40 time, or the fact that he made excuses about it, and never owned it. I might be because I feel he never showed up in the last game for Notre Dame. Just skip this guy! If he is still there at #50 then OK, but #20 is to high for this guy.

  11. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Apr 11, 2013 8:46 AM

    Emery is just doing his homework. Move along …

  12. mjdelconte says: Apr 11, 2013 8:49 AM

    He’s another Brian Bosworth in the making. Lots of hype, lacks game, needs PR to boost his value. Rumor has it the Bears are leaning toward Brown if he is still available at number 20.

  13. elarte79 says: Apr 11, 2013 8:51 AM

    Unfortunately for this kid, wherever he go he’ll see a media circus follow him hoping for another taste of blood.

  14. docsweeney says: Apr 11, 2013 9:00 AM

    For God’s sake, no. I realize you bring a lot of players for a look-see, but Emery, do NOT draft this guy. Overrated, covered in questionable red flags (liar? incredibly naive? you pick). Take a guard, take a CB, but not him.

  15. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Apr 11, 2013 9:23 AM

    He especially enjoyed seeing the Bears’ tight ends.

  16. gbmickey says: Apr 11, 2013 11:10 AM

    I hope the Bears take him. I wonder who is faster at this stage Urlacher or Teo?

  17. steelerben says: Apr 11, 2013 1:17 PM

    If you listen carefully you can hear the sound of Adrian Peterson breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season record.

  18. larryboodry says: Apr 11, 2013 2:00 PM

    Whatever team ends up with Tebow – please God, not the Bears – should draft Te’o. The local media wouldn’t know which circus to cover first.

  19. 4superbowls says: Apr 12, 2013 9:15 AM

    The SNL Bears super fans bit would be best ever.

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