At 1/18/13 12:55 PM, Travis wrote:
Manti Te'o won't be shit in the NFL anyway.
Couldn't tackle Alabama players, won't be able to tackle NFL low-end backs.
I'm thinking the time is coming where NFL teams realize that they need to re-evalutate their needs at the Linebacker position. In my opinion Te'o is a little undersized and the Alabama game reasserted this concerns for me. Teams in the NFL are getting torn to pieces by mediocre Tight Ends because they don't have the tools to stop their sheer athleticism. The general attitude is that if you put a linebacker on a receiver you will get burned. I believe this much is going to change , it has to if teams want to stop the Pats, Saints, and others from shredding them for 30+ points week after week.
In this hypothetical future teams will be trying to employ linebackers who are quaterback height with enough speed to adequately cover the tight end. They'll probably work like an extra safety in a 3-4 scheme where they play over the middle alongside a more traditional linebacker. Te'o was noted this year for getting quite a lot of INTs for a linebacker so I would think that teams would like him in this capacity but the problem is that I don't think he is big enough to hang with NFL tight ends.
For a team like Buffalo that's desperate just to find a way to plug up the run I am skeptical he has the technique to put runners down, just look into 'Te'oing' for a better idea of why. I think he'll be a first round pick yet but I don't think he'll survive in what I believe is an inevitably changing landscape for NFL defense.