In Peter King’s weekly “Monday Morning Quarterback” column, he delves into the NFL Scouting Combine to give the latest on the top prospects and the latest wheeling and dealing among front-office personnel in Indianapolis.
Among his top-five takeaways from the combine, he mentions Manti Te’o making a good impression on NFL GMs. He said this on the former Notre Dame linebacker:
No way the second- or third-rated inside linebacker gets to the bottom of the round now, in the wake of the fake girlfriend story. I can’t see him lasting past Cincinnati at 21. “Unbelievable kid,” is how one interviewer for a team described him Sunday night. “Everybody in our room fell in love with him.” More about him in a few moments.
Both Te’o and former Georgia Bulldog have been connected to the Giants, a team in need of bolstering its linebacking corps.
Despite being first-round talents, King explains why there may be off-field concerns about both prospects.
Ogletree and Te’o are first-round inside linebacker prospects. Ogletree has two huge red flags, the second one even bigger because who takes a risk like he did, driving while impaired, on the eve of the biggest job interview of his life? Te’o has one bizarre red flag that landed him in the cross-examination chair with Katie Couric. He never met a girlfriend who turned out to be fake, and when he finally found out she was fake, he perpetuated it for a time, he says, because he was so embarrassed by it.
All I can say if Te’o drops precipitously — and I do not believe he will; I think he goes no lower than the early 20s of the first round — this league needs to have its collective head examined.
One of the “Factoids of the Week,” King mentions of 11 members of the NFL’s General Managers Advisory Committee meetings, six were fired — including Scott Pioli (Chiefs), Rod Graves (Cardinals), Gene Smith (Jaguars), Mike Tannenbaum (Jets), Marty Hurney (Panthers) and Tom Heckert (Browns).
He suggests four more GMs — including Jerry Reese of the New York Giants — to “watch your back.”
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