Dec 17, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te

Should the Detroit Lions Remove Manti Te'o From Their Draft Board?

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the Deadspin article calling into serious questions whether the girlfriend of Manti Te’o who supposedly died days before Notre Dame played against Michigan State ever existed. The fact that such a story, which was widely repeated across various national media sources, may have been entirely fake has big time ramifications for what will happen with Te’o in the NFL Draft.

Notre Dame claims Te’o is the victim of a scam and that he was duped by an internet persona. Maybe that is true, or even in part, but that still leaves room for plenty of lies from Te’o. He has some very interesting interviews ahead of him as he meets with teams ahead of the draft.

Te’o was a hot name in early mock drafts, frequently rising as high as fifth overall to be selected by the Detroit Lions. That has since cooled for reasons not related to yesterday’s bomb shell, but Te’o was still seen as a sure-fire first round pick. That may have all changed as in a matter of days as Te’o, who was once seen as a high character prospect, may now have to be evaluated with the stain of character concerns.

While it is clear Lions fans should not want Te’o to join the team with the fifth overall pick, the question is worth considering whether or not he should join the team at all. It’s not a far-fetched or over-the-top, knee-jerk question at all. Consider this:

Who knows, maybe that NFC scout works for the Lions.

The Lions have a serious need for playmakers on their defense and that is exactly what Te’o was for the Fighting Irish defense in 2012. But is he too much of a gamble? Is he actually a gamble at all? Vote in the poll below and feel free to use the comments section to let us know what round, if any, you would be comfortable with the Lions taking Te’o.

Should the Lions be willing to consider drafting Manti Te'o at any point in the 2013 NFL Draft?

  • Yes (58%, 43 Votes)
  • No (42%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 74

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  • Greg Warren

    From the first round draft board, sure. But if he’s there in say the late 2nd or 3rd, maybe you take the chance. The issue I have is that for someone who has been billed as a great leader, how could any of the other defenders get into the huddle with him and take him seriously at this point?

  • Jake Richards

    Really difficult for Te’o .. There is much mystery which of course leaves many doubts.

  • Chris Wyman

    you know, this story is lame… i realize there is a lot of te’o supporters out there but give me a break! we don’t need to spend the entire day on this guy. And it’s far too early to be asking whether or not we should take him of our draft board let alone the fact that we were probably never going to draft him anyway. It’s disgusting to me. The media and bloggers are awful. It’s probably the bloggers who have ruined the media. Get bent! And where is the name of your so called NFC scout? You don’t even give his name?

    • Guest

      to answer your question, no. But YOU should be held accountable.