The Te’o slide extends to round two


The round-one window for linebacker Manti Te’o opened.  And then it closed.

We still don’t know where Te’o will start his NFL career, but we know that it won’t happen with a first-round pedigree.

When the Giants arguably reached a bit for Syracuse tackle (and PFT Live favorite) Justin Pugh, the bus rolled past the first potential stop for Te’o.  When the Bears arguably reached a bit for Oregon tackle/guard Kyle Long despite a clear need at middle linebacker, the bus gained some momentum.

But then came the Vikings, who passed on Te’o not once but thrice (that word never gets used enough), opting to take defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd at No. 23, cornerback Xavier Rhodes at No. 25, and trading back in to the round at No. 29 not to address an obvious need at middle linebacker but to pick another receiver for a run-heavy team with an underperforming quarterback.

The Vikings love Notre Dame players.  They traded back into round one last year for Irish safety Harrison Smith.  They used a second-round pick in 2012 on Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph.  And G.M. Rick Spielman was in position to perform extensive due diligence on Te’o.

He presumably did.  And he decided to avoid Te’o.

It got worse for Te’o when no team vaulted from round two to the bottom of round one to snatch him away from the Ravens.  And that move ultimately would have been a waste of picks, because the Ravens — who Mike Mayock once said would run to the podium if Te’o were there at No. 32 — passed.

Looking ahead, it’s unclear where the floor will be.  Maybe the Bengals, who supposedly were a lock at one point to take him at No. 21, will stop the slide at No. 37.  Regardless, it is clear that the Vikings won’t have another crack at him any time soon, given that the package sent to the Pats for the No. 29 pick included Minnesota’s second-round selection.

At least Te’o gets to sweat the process out on the shores of Hawaii.

61 responses to “The Te’o slide extends to round two

  1. Even when Te’o makes plays he still takes false steps and terrible angles.

    He will get exposed in the NFL, just like he did in the NFL minor leagues; or better known as the SEC.

    Glad I’m not the only one who noticed that.

  2. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Ravens jump up to mid 2nd round to grab him if he’s still around since they have quite a few picks play around with.

  3. Disagree on Bears clear need at MLB. They signed DJ Williams.

    Outtakes cracked me up today Florio. New Orleans smelled like pee when I went not long after Katrina.

  4. would not be a reach at 42 for raiders, but would take the fs from florida international, ertz from stanford, or de hunt or carridine before teo…maybe even dt from razorback…just hope that safety is there, and our secondary goes from huge concern to being solid.

  5. I came to the conclusion long ago that “draft expert” is an oxymoron, emphasis on the “moron”. It ranks right down there with “legal ethics”, “journalistic integrity”, “free lunch”, and “government help”.

    I’ve also come to the conclusion that most –but not all–NFL GMs are a lot smarter than Mayock, Kiper, Blowhard Berman, Gruden, the other ESPN hyenas, et al.

    As for Te’uh-oh, he is probably freaking out right now. He was probably sure that all the handlers had massaged his message enough to get him into the first round despite the evidence that (a) he’s nto quite there mentally and (b) while he was acclaimed as a monster for performances against the likes of Navy, Pitt, and Purdue, he can’t play against even adequate opposition.

  6. As a Bears fan, I have mixed feelings about the Kyle Long pick (like Long individually, not sure I like the pick after addressing LT, moving Carimi inside, signing Slauson and Britton as veteran competition). That said, it really needs to be noted again that the Bears don’t have an opening at MLB right now. Can they create one? Yes. But DJ Williams was signed to be slated at MLB to start. He can move back outside again and take James Anderson’s spot, but as of now, the Bears don’t have a “clear need” at MLB. You could make a better argument that the Bears have a bigger need at CB than MLB.

  7. All articles about Te’o will be written by Florio. EVERY SINGLE ONE.

    You would think that he would be too busy on DRAFT NIGHT to be commenting.

  8. Teo will prove to be a decent player but there will have to be time, lots of work, and patience put in on this guy…something that most NFL teams can’t do. The ravens could possibly be the perfect team for this guy. They definitely need to address the LB position in depth.

  9. Ravens will take Minter or Bostic before Teo. Oz is an Alabama grad and also has eyes. Teo doesnt cut it against elite competition.

  10. Manti will make a great dancer on the next remake of “Mutiny on the Bounty “. Love the dancing scene with the half naked women dancers with Mel Gibson.Anthony Hopkins was terrific as Captain Bligh. Was nominated for an Oscar but didn’t win.

  11. A truckload of baggage and less talent than Lofa Tatupu does not justify a 1st round grade. He’ll be lucky to go late round 2.

  12. GenXJay says:
    Apr 26, 2013 1:03 AM
    “Cheesehead written all over.
    Perfect supportive matches, imaginary gal pal & imaginary cheerleaders.”
    I’d rather my team have imaginary cheerleaders/”Stock”/gal pals/wizards/etc than to have imaginary championships like the vikings.

  13. Apparently all 32 GM’s watched the National Championship game and preferred to pick guys that weren’t repeatedly run over.

  14. It was obvious after watching the draft shape up, that the Ravens would select Elam or Cyprien with Vaccaro and Reid off of the board. I’ve said all along that Te’o was a 2nd rd pick at best, the thing that may have made him a first rounder to the Ravens is his intangibles aka leadership, which the Ravens didn’t really need on defense with Ngata, Suggs, Webb, and now established vets like Dumervil, Huff, and Canty. This is really a blessing in disguise for Manti. Now the expectations of a first round pick are not a possibility and he can continue to grow as a player for whoever selects him. I think he has a bright future because he is a hard worker, he was just overhyped (OMG he had 7 INTs [yeah and two of those came against future NFL receiver Denard Robinson.])

    Oh yeah, and the Ravens nailed the Elam pick, productive player at a big program who always showed up for big games. He’ll be a great tandem with Huff back there. The AFC North as a whole knocked their first round picks out of the park IMO.

  15. I like how the media focuses on this guy even though we’ve all known since the combine that he wasn’t going to get taken in the first round unless things went exactly the right way. It’s no knock on him personally, he just isn’t a first round talent. Somebody will grab him in the second round.

    At least with Geno Smith there were people who expected him to possibly go high and the NFL has a history of reaching on QBs.

  16. He wouldn’t have been in so much press without the girlfriend fiasco. Not all publicity is good.

  17. I think Te’o was #2 on all of the lists of the teams mentioned that’s all. he was just one pick away and its all ripple effect from the chaotic first 5 picks.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jaguars grab him as the first pick of the 2nd round.

  18. Yea verily, Man’ti fallith likeith a rock. Next he’ll say experts who said he’d be a#1 didn’t exist. Hope him and Geno Smith end up on the same team…the Jets.

  19. I think with the right coaching, Te’o could develop into a solid starter. That being said, I knew he wouldn’t go first round. The Ravens made a brilliant pick with Elam instead of Te’o. Jonathan Cyprien would have been next had Elam been selected. Ravens have two second round picks, so it’s quite possible they might select Te’o. They are very prone to select the best player available regardless of position though.

    Love the Rams first night. While the Vikings pulled some strings and got some seemingly good players, I think they gave up to much for those players. The Patriots played smart as always. Panthers did pretty well too! Can’t wait for rounds two through four….

  20. Overhyped and then totally invisible on the biggest college game of his career. No surprise here.

  21. Don’t do it Ireland! Put on the Bama game and see how he did against NFL calibre talent. No Navys in the NFL

  22. toonsterwu – With Tillman and Jennings, CB still isn’t a clear need either.

    If you want your qb to be better, get him OL help. You want to make your LB’s better, get DT’s. People can say the Bears reached for Long, and maybe they did, but you can only trade down when someone is trying to trade up. If Long comes in and helps the O-Line w/ the addition of Bushrod, then I have no problems with it.

  23. Floorsweeper – I just want to restate that your mock draft that had the Vikings pick Teo and Geno Smith was horrible.

  24. Maybe someone can tell him that the first round was actually just a warm up and that the actual first round starts tonight.

    Anyone who claims to have a girlfriend they have never met is bound to believe anything

    I hope the team who drafts him has a good behavioral health counselor who can work with him from day one

  25. Teo goes today. Just not sure which team. Should be interesting. I don’t see him lasting into the third round, although I think that is probably where his draft grade is better suited. If I’m a team needing LB in the second, I’d take Arthur Brown before anyone else.

  26. Te’o isn’t even fast enough to play special teams in the NFL.. I wonder if these “draft experts” ever watch a single college game during the season

  27. @mazblast….spectacular post. Agreed on ALL counts!

    As for where this kid will land…..not SF, not SF, not SF, not SF, not SF, not SF…..PLEASE NOT SF!!!!! 🙂 but PERFECT for Seattle!

  28. Shows how Mike Mayock is glorified every time at this time of year.

    Whatever he says normally doesn’t happen.

    And he needs to fix his speech impediment if he wants to continue to broadcast games, he is terrible to listen to.

  29. Once Te’o was up against some NFL caliber players (Alabama) his true ability came out. The offensive line of Alabama has already had 2 go in the first round (Warmack & Fluker) and will have a 3rd when Barret Jones’ name is called. In the National Championship game Warmack and Jones MAULED Te’o all night.

    This guy is nothing but another media hyped player from Notre Dame. How did he EVER make the final three in the Heisman voting ??

    I think he slides to the lower half of the 2nd if not the 3rd round.

  30. stay away from him bengals! you already have maualuga – they have the same game – slow, bad angles, doesn’t wrap up

  31. Almost every draft expert thought the Vikings would take Te’o. They obviously couldn’t pass on Floyd and Rhodes when they were there, but to trade back up and then pass on him, that shows they were never as “desperate” as everybody said they were.

  32. It’s not Elain Kakoua, it’s that he is a slow coconut head. He was poor at best in the BCS game vs Bamma.

  33. Te’o, the Tebow on the defensive side of the ball. Over Hyped..

    Doesn’t all the hoopla surrounding this guy remind you of the Tebow debacle that continues to this day ??

  34. He’s a 5th round talent and an obvious head case. I never understood why the “consensus” had him as a 1st rounder.

  35. Funny how the media can hype a guy and give him all the ink so people start paying attention to him but they can’t fool the experts who make their living by not making bad draft picks.

  36. officialgame says: Apr 26, 2013 8:43 AM

    Manti Te’o is starting to look more and more like Chaz Bono

    LOL> Best post I’ve seen this week! Well done sir!

  37. Was he ever really first round material? He’s slower than you’d like your LB to be despite showing up at the combine considerably below his playing weight. Nobody was thinking “first round pick” coming into his senior year, but then he got a ton of interceptions, the team was undefeated, and the Heisman hype took over. (He had ZERO interceptions prior to his senior year.) He could still make it in the NFL, but he never had all the tools to make him a solid first round pick.

  38. axespray,
    Vikings don’t have any championships. It’s a fact. I can handle it. Can you?
    Contrary to what you Packer trolls think is the ultimate fall back line, I could care less b/c I’m living in the now. & oh boy, the Vikes are looking up, not like the Packers (a team in decline).

  39. Manti Te’o has been tweeting his friends that he is a lock for Minnesota. He was heard to say…”as soon as I saw that imaginary trophycase, I knew this was the place for me.”

  40. Been saying for weeks the love for Te’o was a smokescreen. When was the last time a team made it that obvious they wanted a player and then actually chose him? No team gives up that kind of info so glaringly.

    Te’o just doesn’t grade out to be a first round pick in today’s NFL. He’s too slow. You don’t spend a 1st rounder on a two-down linebacker. A lot of his production came from him slipping in behind blockers; something he won’t be able to do in the NFL because he isn’t quick enough.

    In the Vikings case, they didn’t want the circus that comes with him (at least in the first few years). And the reason they selected Rudolph and Harrison is because they were clearly the best players available at positions the Vikings desperately needed.

    Finally, MLB is a need, but the other positions filled could be argued to be more important.

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