I'll never forget the year that Heyward Bey and Crabtree were drafted. Crabtree is sitting in the green room with every bit of obscenely shiny piece of jewelry you could wear with a suit. He's grinning from ear to ear, thinking about the money he's going to make from the Raiders. You could just tell.
When the pick was announced, ESPN went to a split screen with Heyward Bey on the left and Crabtree on the right.
Heyward Bey's face showed the look of: "Oh no, not the Raiders!!"
Crabtree's face showed the look of "Fuck!! My money!!!".
Did you see what Torrey Smith tweeted? That's what I'm on about, plus several other players around the league have publicly let their opinions known on this matter. Harbaugh can bring him in and have a soft spot for him, but that isn't going to change the players opinion on him.
Arthur Brown actually played decently vs Oregon, and collected 9 tackles, wasn't really non existent at all. He was spending most the night covering up for his other players mistakes from what I could see.
I still would be pretty happy with Te'o as a pick at 32, but I think I'd rather have Greene, Minter, and Ogletree over Te'o. If we keep Ellerbe, I think the athletic LB becomes more of a need than another north-south LB like Te'o.
Ogletree had problems against Alabama's OL. So did Minter.
At some point, you have to take into consideration that (much like a QB) an inside linebacker is dependent upon the DL for occupying blockers and making the RB/QB re-think their current course. Alabama's OL was DOMINANT in almost every single game. They made AJ McCarron look like a 1st round pick. Eddie Lacy went from being a possible 3rd round pick to a 1st rounder running behind that line. Notre Dame's DL was overwhelmed and as a result Te'o and the other ND linebackers were getting swallowed up every other play. I'd also like to point out that Alabama stayed away from throwing to the middle of the field a lot of that game. A lot of the passes McCarron made were come back routes, deep patterns, and throws towards the sideline. There weren't too many thrown to the middle of the field.
Look man, I get that you want to see the Ravens draft an athletic LB and there are more athletic LB's in this draft than Te'o. I don't think anyone here - certainly not me - would argue against that.
What I do know is that Te'o had 3 straight seasons of over 100 tackles and has been a starter at ILB since his freshman year without any major injuries and by all accounts he improved areas of his play (coverage, closing speed, reaction, strength, etc) each season. And outside of the BCS National Championship game, Te'o came up big in big games (USC, Michigan, Michigan State, etc). The kid is a good player and if the Ravens take him in the draft, I'd be stoked because we would be getting a good player at an area of need who could step in and be a day-1 starter.
The catfish thing is a big blow and will definitely impact him wherever he goes. Any locker room he goes to is going to give him his licks and you know what? The kid is going to have to develop some thick skin. However, I think he is the type of kid who will overcome this and earn the respect of his teammates from his play on the field.
Because their both Samoan? That is like every other analyst out there comparing RGIII to Michael Vick because they're black QB's. In reality, RGIII is more Aaron Rodgers than Michael Vick.Quote:
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Te'o is a better person, player, and leader than Maualuga ever was. Maualuga was a thumper at USC who benefited from having 4 other 1st round defensive players around him (Sedrick Ellis, Keith Rivers, Brian Cushing, and Clay Matthews). The only other player on ND's squad right now that could be a legitimate 1st rounder is Louis Nix. Stephen Tuitt might be a 1st rounder, but Nix definitely will be. The point is, Te'o did more than Maualuga with less talent around him.
Again, Te'o is going to face this adversity wherever he goes. In the Ravens' locker room I guarantee you that Suggs is going to have a FIELD DAY with trying to get under Te'o's skin. I think that someone like Te'o (who is probably ridiculously embarrassed by this whole thing) could take this whole situation, give everyone a big F-U, and bust his ass on the field. He'll earn the respect of his teammates.Quote:
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Look how long it took for Flacco to really earn the respect of his teammates.
When does the combine start up? Today?
I think we've got the locker room and the coaches to make Te'o a great player. It seems like he has the drive and the effort. Will he fall to us? Probably not. I'm excited though, I think there will be some player that falls to us that we scoop up and leave people wondering how even did it.
Who knows though? The Ravens may not take an ILB at all. Passing up someone like DeAndre Hopkins or a pass rusher may be too hard to do.
There will be some decent LB's in this draft though. I've no doubt that the Ravens can come away with at least 2 quality LB's.