Jimmy kept his nose clean for three years and graduated. T'eo couldn't even put all of the pieces together with the inadequacies of the story. Yet, this is going to be your first pick, a guy you aren't even sure you can trust with this story? At least with Jimmy, you had evidence that he stayed out of trouble for three years.
T'eo has the tape but the measurables are not there. His lack of speed has to be concerning. Throw in the character issues and I tend to think that he is not the kind of guy Ozzie is going to take a chance on in the 1st. The upside in the 1st is not enough.
Have seen others compare his poor combine/pro-day results and issues to Burfict. There is a huge difference between taking a shot on a guy in the 3rd, 4th or lower and taking that same chance in the first even if your pick is #32. The opportunity cost is just much higher.
This nonsense should be on Maury Povich, not in an NFL draft room.
So what measurables does he not have compared to other ILBs?
I don't think Ravens should take an ILB at 32 but to say Teo should be taken off the board because of measurables is laughable.
If you believe T'eo did not know he is at best a kind of weird and naive kid and worst an absolute idiot. Neither are exactly endearing qualities for a GM. If he were a 3/4/5th round pick nobody really cares. 1st round picks though carry weight so its reasonable to worry bout things you might not in the lower rounds.
If T'eo killed it at the combine and pro-day he would be a definite top 20 pick and people would forget the weirdness much quicker. Fact is he did not kill it at the combine though did slightly better at the pro-day. It just makes a better story for people to yap about to believe that the main reason T'eo falls out of the 1st is more due to the "scandal" than his measurables.
Te'o got destroyed by Alabama. Who cares about his girlfriend saga, all I needed to see was his performance against Alabama to draw any conclusions. That team is the closest you will get to an NFL team, especially their offensive line.
The thing that concerns me more than the girlfriend he never met was blaming "combine stress" for his less than inspiring workout. From my small snapshot I felt he would have been better off taking the high road instead of making an excuse.
It would seem a lot of baggage comes with this guy.
And I've said this before but... OK, so let's say he DID actually believe he had a girlfriend he never met (which in the world I grew up in, is totally INSANE.... but apparently much of society, from what I read, is pretty accepting of this like it's an everyday occurrence.... to which I say, ya'll are a bunch of nuts).
But anyway, so OK, let's walk through this. Guy has a girlfriend. Thinks she's real. Got it.
So now she has cancer. Does he visit her in the hospital? NOOOOOOO!
What the hell kind of guy doesn't ONCE go visit his girlfriend in the hospital when she's dying of cancer? WHO? Who doesn't go to her funeral either????? WTF?!?!? :ref: :hammer:
So even if you believe him when he says he thought she was real, how does the story make sense? What we have here is a dude who blows off his dying girlfriend in the hospital AND skips her funeral, AND whatever memorial service? That guy would be an asshole.
But of course, I don't think Te'o really believed it. I think it was a hoax and he was in on it. That's the only way to explain why he didn't go visit the girl or attend her funeral.
Either way, I think the guy has a freakin' screw loose.
He's not a felon, he's not an armed robber...I get all that. But if I can't make sense of a guy's senior year in college, I'm not taking him in the first or second round, or anywhere ahead of another guy I think is less of a wild-card. Talent or no talent, he's some kind of head case. A new kind we haven't seen before, and therefore can't get a real handle on. Could turn out fine but.... who knows?? Buyer beware!
Like I said before, what star college football player needs to go online to find a girl? Very very fishy if you ask me...