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    I'm warming back up to Te'o at 17

    Before the GF stuff came out, I was firmly driving the Te'o to Steelers bandwagon. We need some new blood, some difference-makers on a defense that lacked them. He seemed a face-of-the-franchise type. Fast forward to the GF stuff, and I washed my hands of the thought (of drafting him). I thought that the GF stuff was a glaring red-flag as to the guy's character, as a deceptive, strange guy.

    To today: At this point, I have put my faith in the FO in that if they were to take him, the issues related to his character would have been thoroughly researched and dismissed (i.e. basically, that he is an extremely naive kid... which is no crime). It does seem like the media has discounted the episode as such too.

    Now as a player, he is still not without flaws. In an increasingly passing game, he is never going to be Jack Ham as a cover LB. So even at his best, at some point probably sooner than later, you're going to have to pull him on obvious passing downs... essentially making him a 2-down LB. And... the last memory we have of him on the field is stumbling around, trying to evade blocks (which he didn't) and corral Eddie Lacy (which he couldn't).

    But in the end, no one can doubt his awesome production at the major D1 level. If you remove the GF drama completely, how can a team with an apparent hole at ILB, overlook possibly the most productive ILB in recent college football history.

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    the is no way in hell he is worth the 17th pick.

    I will be physically ill if we take him there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Spaghetti View Post
    the is no way in hell he is worth the 17th pick.

    I will be physically ill if we take him there.
    Ditto
    Need a ballhawking safety, playmaking WR/TE or a havoc causing OLB in the first

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittpete View Post
    Ditto
    Need a ballhawking safety, playmaking WR/TE or a havoc causing OLB in the first
    And that ballhawking safety who is worthy of the 17th overall pick is who? Sorry he doesn't exist in this draft
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    You need your head examined

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    Lol. ....

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    it's a need. i'd be ok with it.
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    Te'o would be a solid pick at 17 and in years to come no one would question it. Look at the level of his play over the 4 years at ND. He got better ever year including areas of deficiency (pass coverage).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Dub View Post
    Te'o would be a solid pick at 17 and in years to come no one would question it. Look at the level of his play over the 4 years at ND. He got better ever year including areas of deficiency (pass coverage).
    Agreed. Not my top choice, but, if it's OLB, ILB, WR, RB, S, i have no problem with any of the positions. The team is in the unique position that they can take bpa at any of those positions and feel good about having a starter for years to come... my hope is that the guy they get is impactful
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dee Dub View Post
    Te'o would be a solid pick at 17 and in years to come no one would question it. Look at the level of his play over the 4 years at ND. He got better ever year including areas of deficiency (pass coverage).
    Yeah, that is what I learned after learning more about him. First of all, he was tremendously decorated as a high school player. He came into a huge fish bowl as a freshman and started 10 games. As you said, from that great start, he improved every. year. Until his senior year, which we know was almost historic (i.e. winning the Heisman).

    I don't know why these other guys are dismissing it as a terrible pick. As I said, I have faith that the FO would investigate his personality sufficiently, that character wouldn't be a worry. As a football player--How could you NOT like a 4-year starting ILB from the University of Notre Dame, who displayed a knack for big-plays that he did?

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