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Te'o: Scandal won't hurt draft stock

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08:02 AM ET 02.19 | The spotlight is warming up for Manti Te'o again. When the NFL's scouting combine gets underway in Indianapolis on Wednesday, [Te'o] figures to be the center of attention for reasons few could have imagined a month and a half ago when the college football season came to a close. In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY Sports on Monday afternoon, the former Notre Dame linebacker confided that he doesn't believe his now infamous scandal involving a fake online girlfriend will affect his stock in the April 25-27 draft. The Heisman Trophy runner-up's belief that he remains a first-round pick may be put to the test under the intense scrutiny he is about to face from 32 team executives during 15-minute interview sessions beginning Wednesday night.

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February 19, 2013  08:08 AM ET

The scandal won't...


That Alabama game will.

February 19, 2013  08:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The scandal won't... That Alabama game will.

Aside from being dumb as a doorknob, he's an average LB at best, IMO. This was on the college level against scrub opponents. The embarassing performance in the Championship game against Alabama was a sign of things to come for him.

February 19, 2013  08:13 AM ET

Thuiasosopo is in his corner, though.

February 19, 2013  08:13 AM ET

Never heard of this guy.

<climbs back under rock>

February 19, 2013  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Never heard of this guy.
<climbs back under rock>

Got room for me? I'm tired of hearing about this guy.

February 19, 2013  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Aside from being dumb as a doorknob, he's an average LB at best, IMO. This was on the college level against scrub opponents. The embarassing performance in the Championship game against Alabama was a sign of things to come for him.

That was my takeaway... very average and will be exposed in the pros.

February 19, 2013  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

That was my takeaway... very average and will be exposed in the pros.

You can't expose what you can't see.

February 19, 2013  08:25 AM ET

He's the Danny Wuerffel of linebackers.

February 19, 2013  08:26 AM ET

He did not look good against Alabama, he looked Overmatched and Undersized!!!!!! When his big game showed up, he didn't!!

February 19, 2013  08:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He's the Danny Wuerffel of linebackers.

Good comparison...

February 19, 2013  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

That was my takeaway... very average and will be exposed in the pros.

Can't wait to see his Wonderlic.

February 19, 2013  08:27 AM ET

If and a big "if" he has the best combine ever, he will go in the second round. He was horrible in the N.C. game.

February 19, 2013  08:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He's the Danny Wuerffel of linebackers.

+1

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February 19, 2013  08:43 AM ET
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Aside from being dumb as a doorknob, he's an average LB at best, IMO. This was on the college level against scrub opponents. The embarassing performance in the Championship game against Alabama was a sign of things to come for him.

He's an Academic All American brainiac. I'll bet you wish you were that dumb...!

February 19, 2013  08:47 AM ET
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He's an Academic All American brainiac. I'll bet you wish you were that dumb...!

My... What beautiful eyes you have.

February 19, 2013  09:02 AM ET
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*Brian*

Right. He would have done better, if he only had a brain.

<cut to clip of Dan Quayle and Joe Biden skipping down the Yellow Brick Road.>

February 19, 2013  09:09 AM ET
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My... What beautiful eyes you have.

Let your hate for Notre Dame go my man... it appears to be consuming you...

 
February 19, 2013  09:27 AM ET
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Let your hate for Notre Dame go my man... it appears to be consuming you...

Nah... I save my hate for competitive College teams.

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