Linebacker Manti Te’o won’t be in New York City for the draft, but he’s spending a couple of days across the river from the Big Apple to meet with one of the teams that calls MetLife Stadium home.
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports that Te’o visited with the Giants on Thursday night and Friday as he continues to make the rounds of NFL teams ahead of the draft later this month. Te’o has also met with the Bears and Dolphins recently.
When Mel Kiper of ESPN said earlier this month that there was no way Te’o would slip out of the first round, the Giants were one of the teams he cited as a landing spot for a guy whose play and off-field issues have both been the subject of conversation since the end of Notre Dame’s season. The Giants have some needs at linebacker after cutting Michael Boley and losing Chase Blackburn as a free agent. They did sign former Cowboys and Panthers linebacker Dan Connor, but the team is likely to be looking for more help for the unit when the draft finally arrives.
If all goes well on the visit and Jerry Reese is satisfied with what he’s seen on tape, Te’o could be part of that effort.