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Detroit Lions: Manti Te'o makes pre-draft visit

Manti Te’o came into Detroit on Tuesday for a pre-draft visit according to the Lions web site. 

 Te’o, who played middle linebacker at Notre Dame, is projected as a mid- to late first-round pick.

 The Lions have Stephen Tulloch, who is signed through 2016, at middle linebacker. There is an opening at outside linebacker since Justin Durant was not re-signed. Ashlee Palmer, Travis Lewis and Tahir Whitehead are expected to compete for that position.

  Te’o had a solid senior season for the Irish and was the Heisman Trophy runner-up. Then he had a sub-par effort in the National Championship game against Alabama.

 After that game it was revealed that his girlfriend who had supposedly died during the season, was a fake. He has said he thought she was real. It seems he was the victim of a hoax. He has been carefully scrutinized since.

 Te’o ran a disappointing 4.82 at the Combine, but improved at his Notre Dame Pro Day which put him back into the first-round discussion.

  The Lions have the fifth overall pick in the first round of the draft which runs April 25-27.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, let's see. Despite all the gaping holes elsewhere on the Lions, Manti's position of middle-linebacker is one of the few positions they have a decent player at. Te'o is slow and chokes in big games. He had an imaginary girlfriend and now he's visiting a team that once every twenty years or so is an imaginary contender. In the very strange world of the Lions, Te'o should be a lock as their first round pick. Perfect.

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