Happy the Ravens Said “No” to Te’o

Manti Te'o

Leading up to the draft we heard a lot of talk that teams were interested in Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. The Minnesota Vikings loved him, but they better trade above the Chicago Bears because he’s not getting past them at 20. Even the Baltimore Ravens raved about Te’o during their pre-draft press conference.

I tried to tell people that press conference has been called the “liars luncheon” for years but people wanted to take Ozzie and company at their word. All of this talking was, in the end, just talk.

I have been saying on my radio show for weeks that I wanted no part of Te’o. I think he’s a good football player, and I hope he has a fine career with the San Diego Chargers (drafted 2nd round 38 overall). I personally have trouble trusting him after the whole “dead girlfriend” incident. Either he is one of the dumbest people on the planet to get duped like this, or he was in in it and liked the attention.

Either way I can’t trust him.

I said I’d rather take a player like Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree. A kid who has his share of off the field red flags, but they are the red flags we understand. I’m not saying I have no problem with what he’s done but I can mentally grasp it. The NFL agreed. Ogletree was drafted in the first round.

Personally I’d rather have Arthur Brown than Te’o anyway.

5 Raves on “Happy the Ravens Said “No” to Te’o

  1. Nick on said:

    I completely agree. Brown was great value, whereas Teo would have been a reach at 32 in my opinion. Plus, LBs that can play the pass well are more valuable now, and the Ravens have always found good run stopping LBs late or undrafted.

  2. Melvin on said:

    The dead girlfriend issue, is really a non issue. The kid isn’t getting in trouble off the field. He’s guaranteed to show up to work every day. You can trust him to come play. That’s all that matters when it comes to trust.

    That said, I didn’t want him either because I believe there were better prospects.

  3. playboy52 on said:

    if u ask me I.think it works out better for te’o: #1 he only 3hours flight away from his home state of Hawaii(no serious travel it takes more than 12 hours to get to baltimore)#2 no big pressure on him he doesn’t have a first round contract and he doesnt have to fill anybodys shoes(who takeo spikes?)I dont think anybody feels he going be the next junior seau so he should be able play more loose without the burden.#3 the chargers aren’t the afc powerhouse everybody predicted them to be if they go 9-7 next season that should be a win for them there not gonna win the division so te’o doesn’t have to feel like he have to carry the on his back to the playoffs(like ray lewis did for many years) at best he give them a average season nothing special I call that a win.

  4. Tgun42 on said:

    He is slow, not in really good shape if you look at his body , he is soft. He is not and will never be a Raven. Love Brown! Wish we would draft Reddick to and have our MLB’s set for the next decade

  5. paulie on said:

    Actually, I could care less about the dead girlfriend disaster. He ain’t the first schmuck to get punked and I’m sure he won’t be the last. I’m glad the Ravens didn’t take him because of what Alabama did to him. That and the slow forty at the Combine. Arthur Brown is going to be a much better fit for the Ravens.

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