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Draft guru: Te'o's stock took hit before hoax

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:48 a.m. HST, Jan 18, 2013

Here's the real story: Manti Te'o's stock in the NFL draft already was sinking.

Blame his performance in the BCS title game, not any hoax or conspiracy, for that.

Still, the uncertainty surrounding Notre Dame's All-American linebacker could further hurt his draft stock, NFL draft consultant Gil Brandt said.

Brandt called the story "something I have never witnessed" in his half-century in pro football.

"I think some teams will say it isn't worth the problem" to draft Te'o, said Brandt, who has the linebacker rated 19th overall in the first round.

The former Dallas Cowboys general manager added Thursday that Te'o's stock had plummeted after a poor performance in the BCS championship game.

"I don't think anybody considered him to be a top-five pick before all this happened," Brandt said. "In that game against Alabama, this was like a guy who was the best shooter in the world in basketball and here comes a game and he can't even hit the backboard. His play in that game was absolutely horrible. He missed on run blitzes; guys ran over him ..."

Te'o would hardly be the first player to see his draft stock sink because of off-field issues. Last year, North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins fell to the second round after multiple run-ins with the law related to marijuana got him dismissed from Florida.

Warren Sapp in 1995 and Randy Moss in 1998 slid because of character concerns; both are now considered potential Hall of Famers.

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery said "it's no different what the red flags are."

"You've got to identify them," he said. "You've got to research it and then you decide what impact that has on the total person in terms of his ability to play football and to manage his life."


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Dawg wrote:
No joke! the bugga is one loser! Lies, lies and more lies to come. What a fake. He made all Hawaii look stupid.
on January 18,2013 | 01:09AM
Dawg wrote:
Is the picture what they call getting the S... kicked-out of you? Or pancaked? or HAMMERED?
on January 18,2013 | 01:11AM
Dawg wrote:
Nah, he just got put on his A..! Hahahahah! Good for the meathead!
on January 18,2013 | 01:12AM
kahuku01 wrote:
Dawg: People like you are quick to criticize and put a person down because of one game but where were you when Notre Dame won all of their 12 games? Despite your negative remarks, there are people that are much more intelligent than you such as Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery who has been in the business of pro football and stated, "You decide what impact that has on the total person in terms of his ability to play football and to manage his life." Why isn't it worth the problem to draft Teo because Gil Brandt, NFL draft consultant claims that Teo hurt his draft stock. Do you draft a person based on one game performance or a person's personal issues (not drugs or crime) or past playing performances? Maybe it would be better for Teo to have his draft stock dropped and end up with a winning team. Let's stick to football and move on and leave all the trash talking in the trash can.
on January 18,2013 | 05:25AM
kk808 wrote:
Well said!
on January 18,2013 | 07:07AM
bobbob wrote:
you do have to admit that he looked lost and confused during the bcs game. and that alabama is probalby the closest college team to an nfl one. So doesn't look good...
on January 18,2013 | 02:56PM
jussayin wrote:
Unfortunately I have to agree that he looked lost and looked very average in the big game. I watched the first half again and isolated on Teo and boy, not good.
on January 18,2013 | 04:37PM
serious wrote:
He did look horrible in that game. Too much hype!! But, if you tell the truth all the time you don't have to worry about thinking, "what did I say last week, or on TV".
on January 18,2013 | 04:52AM
eastside808 wrote:
In America, you are innocent until proven guitly. Except for those two comments after he already knew about the hoax, he is still a gentlemen and a class act. Eventually over time, the real story will be revealed.
on January 18,2013 | 06:10AM
HiNaihe808 wrote:
I would stay far far away from these people and fact-check what they tell you! Laie is one hell of a plantation town.
on January 18,2013 | 11:33AM
lowtone123 wrote:
I would say that everyone on the Irish palyed poorly in that game. The game was not lost because of Te'o. He shouldn't be judged by one game.
on January 18,2013 | 02:37PM
jussayin wrote:
He sucked in THE game of the year for college football. But he'll be drafted and have the opportunity to show his talent; or not. More to come.
on January 18,2013 | 04:35PM
localguy wrote:
I hear Walmart is offering him a job if the NFL draft falls through.
on January 18,2013 | 10:09PM
Nalukai wrote:
Te'o is too slow for the NFL. He's gonna get run over by those freight-train guards and 6-5 tight ends. Gronkowski will make him look like a high schooler. That's MHO !
on January 18,2013 | 10:41PM
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