How much more limited is Te'o from James Laurinaitis? Or Rey Lewis when he was drafted (26th overall)? We are talking about a middle linebacker not a freak of nature skilled pass rusher off the edge. Most MLB's by nature are limited skill set wise.
Was Laurinaitis a first round pick? Nope, and neither is Te'o.
MLB'ers being limited is what makes them traditionally second round picks, even the best ones.
Please stop comparing Te'o to Lewis. Not a good comparison. Ray Lewis had a rare amount of fire in his belly even as a college player. All Te'o has is catfish.
I would compare Minter more favorably to Lewis than Te'o. Minter excelled against the best competition in the land. Doesn't make him a first rounder either.
We are all entitled to one's opinions, however, I think you are wrong BigRob. We'll see who is right in say, 2014 or heck maybe even this coming fall...:)
Now you know I love Minter but if you are going to use SEC competition, let's also allude to the fact that he was surrounded with blue-chip talent on his defense. Maybe 4 first rounders he played with?
Gil Brandt thinks he's a first rounder. In fact Rob you are the only one I have heard that says he isn't a first round pick.
12) Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame: Te'o finished his senior season with 113 tackles and seven interceptions (that latter number is unheard of for a linebacker). He did not play well in the BCS Championship Game, but everything he's done in his career at Notre Dame overrides that.