Let's follow up on this week's post on the possibility of the Chicago Bears drafting Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. As we noted, ESPN analyst Todd McShay projected the Bears taking him at No. 20 overall after both he and Kiper had him rated as a top-5 prospect last month.
McShay landed where I think most people in the NFL will: The well-publicized hoax story involving Te'o and a person he thought was his girlfriend won't play a leading role in his draft status. More relevant, McShay said, are questions about whether Te'o projects as a top-flight prospect.
"He's a very good player," McShay said in the video. "That's obvious. I don't think he's an elite top-5, top-10 talent. He's not a Patrick Willis. He's not a Luke Kuechly."
Kiper suggested that Te'o's time in the 40-yard dash, assuming he runs one at the NFL scouting combine later this month, will hold the key to his status. But both Kiper and McShay suggested that Georgia's Alec Ogletree could wind up being viewed a better pro prospect by draft day.
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