2013 NFL Draft: Will the Dallas Cowboys Take a Chance on Manti Te'o?

By Dan Parzych
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One of the biggest stories this week has been all of the controversy surrounding Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o and the hoax he was involved with in which his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, that supposedly died last September never existed to begin with. While new details continue to come in each day about this incident, many wonder how this incident will impact the Heisman runner up’s stock in the 2013 NFL Draft.

With the 18th pick in this year’s draft–would the Dallas Cowboys consider bringing the linebacker on board for next season?

For the second-straight season, the Cowboys entered Week 17 with a chance to go to the playoffs and win the NFC East title as long as they managed to win, but came up short both times. Despite improving in numerous areas, the recent firing of Rob Ryan was a clear sign that Jerry Jones wasn’t 100 percent satisfied with the defense. With the recent hiring of Monte Kiffin, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the team focused on that area in the first round once April rolls around.

Dallas has been in the position before where they end up taking a risk on controversial first-round draft picks (Dez Bryant anyone?) if they slip out of the top 10, and there’s a good chance most teams will pass on Te’o in the first round now that trust is going to become a major issue.

Despite all of the controversy from this past week, it’s still difficult to ignore Te’o talent on the field and if he still available at No. 18, it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Cowboys flirted with the idea as it could turn out to be a low-risk, high reward situation.

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