Manti Te’o made a pre-draft visit to the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday, much to the surprise of many fans. I know my first thought was one of confusion. But after some thought, this is yet another case of a team just doing its due diligence.
All of the craziness aside, Te’o is still one of this year’s top linebackers. At one time, people would have thought the Dolphins were getting a steal to take him at No. 12, but clearly that’s all changed. Due to numerous circumstances, this guy’s stock has fallen, and it’s definitely fallen out of the Dolphins range.
They have to know it would be crazy to take Te’o with the twelfth pick, but they just want to make sure. You can’t rule out the possibility that he could develop into the star many once projected. Miami simply doesn’t want to be the team that lets one get away.
The reality – it’s highly unlikely Te’o is that guy.
Miami has much bigger needs than linebacker, and they’ll likely take an offensive lineman or a cornerback instead. With the additions of Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler, the Dolphins have already upgraded at LB.
Te’o just doesn’t make sense at the 12-spot. If circumstances change and Miami for some reason trades down, then maybe it’s a different story, but I highly doubt it. With most other prospects, this isn’t really even a story, but it’s Te’o. This guy will be under a microscope until he proves himself on Sundays.
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