I’m ready for the Baltimore Ravens to draft someone that doesn’t have a questionable past or strange background. Manti Te’o is not that guy — clearly.
Don Banks of Sports Illustrated is already looking forward to this year’s NFL draft. Although I’m not sure why as there’s still one more game to be played (two if you consider the Pro Bowl “a game”.)
With the 31st pick in the 2013 draft (hopefully it’ll be the 32nd), Banks has the Ravens selecting linebacker Manti Te’o of Notre Dame.
Not sure where the draft stock of Te’o will settle after the well-chronicled tale of his hoax of a dying internet girlfriend becomes yesterday’s news, but NFL executives I talked to last week were taking a wait-and-see approach. Te’o is a tackling machine and he finds the football in the takeaway department, too, but him getting run over in embarrassing fashion against Alabama had to give some teams pause about his overall game. At the bottom of the first round, however, Ozzie Newsome and Co. might consider him a steal of a replacement for the retired Ray Lewis.
I don’t know what to make of Te’o’s strange story, but I think I speak for all of Baltimore when I say “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!1!!!11!!!!!“