As Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o patiently waits to see if he will hoist the 2012 Heisman Trophy and join one of college football’s most exclusive fraternities as the first true defender, NFL scouts have been reviewing his college game film to see how he will make the jump to the NFL.
Te’o will be entering the 2013 NFL Draft following the BCS National Championship game and is likely to be a top 15 pick.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter spoke with a handful of NFL scouts to get their opinions on the Heisman Trophy finalist and here is what he was told by the scouts. Schefter wrote:
NFL scouts love his will, passion, desire and intangibles. They are curious how Te’o, who dropped about 15 pounds before his senior year, had no interceptions entering this season but has seven this season. They believe he’s very good, just not elite. But they say if former Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly was good enough to go ninth overall in last April’s draft, then Te’o should be good enough to be selected somewhere between Nos. 10 and 15, especially considering that he is a three-down linebacker.
Personally, I believe Te’o is a far superior prospect to Kuechly. His unmatched leadership will be able to help him change the attitude of a city when he is drafted on to a young team. Te’o could provide the type of inspiration and excitement for a defensive unit much like Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens.