Manti Te’o is one of the most polarizing participants in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft. He may have been this popular based solely on his story during last year’s college football season. Te’o and his Notre Dame Fighting Irish went undefeated and the aggressive linebacker caught the attention of a nation when his grandmother passed away. All of this may have made him a must-see prospect, but it is the other story that has all eyes on Te’o.
By now, even the guys living under the rock in the Geiko commercials know about Te’o and his fake, dead girlfriend Lennay Kekua. Whether it was a publicity stunt done with the Heisman Trophy in mind, or simply a story of a gullible young man caught up by an internet prankster, Te’o has remained under the glare of the media spotlight since the moment the story broke.
None of it has stopped him from pursuing a career in the NFL, and he will certainly hear his name called at some point during the first two rounds. Remember, he was known for his play on the field before he became famous for the girl that never was.
The Dolphins are just one of the many teams who have done their due diligence by bringing him in for a work out. Any story line that has them actually selecting him with the 12th pick in the draft can be categorized right along side of Kekua as pure fiction.
Two of the biggest moves the Dolphins made in free agency happened on day one, and they were both linebackers. They traded out the ones they had with Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler, making them younger and faster at the position and the thought that they would take another LB so high is preposterous.
This was just Jeff Ireland doing his job. He had to bring the young man in to evaluate his talent based on their need. It gives the team a bit of a smoke screen, too. Honestly, he probably just wanted to ask him a question, or two. We all remember the questions he had about Dez Bryant and his mother, right?
The point is, the Dolphins are set at the position and this was just a routine work out. Simply put, the Dolphins will not take Te’o with their first pick. Move along folks, there’s nothing to see here.