Depending on whom you ask, the draft stock of Manti Te’o is either dropping like a rock or holding steady. Adam Schefter thinks Te’o won’t last past the first round. In contrast, Mark May: NFL Draft pundit thinks he’ll go mid to late second round at best.
Neither of those opinions mean much because neither Schefter of May: NFL Draft pundit have a job that involves running a NFL team. But Terry Bradway does. He’s a senior personnel executive for the New York Jets. Normally the opinion of any executive from a NFL team holds weight, but Bradway’s opinion holds a ton of weight because Bradway works for the Jets. A team that isn’t afraid to make decisions that make you scratch your head.
But according to Bradway, even the Jets are scared a little of Te’o. And if the Jets are scared, you can bet everyone else in the league is as well.
“It’s an unusual situation, that’s for sure. I feel bad for him. I mean, the stress of the situation has to have had an impact on his training somehow. I think he’s going to run faster than that at his pro day at the end of March,” Bradway said.
“He’s a good football player,” he added. “I know a lot of us gave him pretty good grades, but when you look at the Alabama game and you look at what’s happened since, it just scares you a little bit. I know their whole defense struggled against Alabama – a lot of missed tackles – they’re a good football team but I think its caused everybody to go back and re-watch and see exactly what we have here. It’s going to be interesting to see where he’s drafted.”
A slow 40 time that had heads shaking, off the field questions, and now the Jets are afraid of him. Mark May: NFL Draft pundit may actually end up being right in all this.