Chargers Bringing Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o In For A Visit

Mar 26, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish former player Manti Te

The San Diego Chargers are bringing Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te’o to town for a visit, via Ed Werder. Te’o shouldn’t be considered a possibility with the team’s number 11 pick in the first round, but he could be an option if the Chargers find a partner to trade back in the draft.

Te’o could fill the hole at middle linebacker that we created after releasing Takeo Spikes. We can’t really trust in Jonas Mouton to be that starter. Having Te’o and Donald Butler on defense would keep a couple of nice playmakers in the middle of the defense.

Te’o has been under a watchful eye by all the media because of his “catfishing” story, but all those things off of the field should not wipe away the things he was able to do on the field.

If the Chargers somehow trade down in the draft and select Te’o, we would be getting one of the best middle linebackers available in the draft. He has great instincts and knows how to be around the football and can make plays against the passing game.

Just get the kid onto the football field and he makes plays. With the guys around him, he seems like a good fit for the defense.

Topics: NFL Draft, San Diego Chargers

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  • Sergio Quintero

    I think he’s more a consideration at pick 45, maybe he drops like a rock, because GM’s don’t want to deal with the press he brings with him.
    If the chargers do take a ILB in rounds 2-3 it clearly is a massive indictment on a complete lack of trust of Jonas Mouton.

    • nate lew

      He’s a 2nd rounder from the last regime and couldn’t even crack the active roster of the men that drafted him. What else would you expect? As far as I’m concerned the kid doesn’t have a future in the NFL.

  • tbell11

    Much rather have him in the 2nd round.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i know what you mean… but if we trade back and have a late first, i might think about it a bit

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    SD would be a good landing spot for him, I doubt he drops past the Steelers/Ravens but who knows maybe they don’t even want him. If we trade back and get a extra 2nd rounder then this would be a great pick, if not and he’s there at 45 also a great pick but like Sergio said below that would not be a good thing for Mouton or maybe Mouton can back up both sides? I dunno

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Trade back to whom? What team wants our 11th spot?

      • Sergio Quintero

        That seems to be a problem, the chargers appear to be in a no-man’s land. They are 3 players that might get interest: Star, X.Rhodes, T.Austin. At most one of the Olineman will be available (which the chargers should take), the 2 best pass rushers, Milliner and Geno Smith will be gone.

        • tubbs45

          It is so hard to judge, I will say the top 5 are the real deal, but everybody else either has health, off-field, just moved to the position, or had “a horrible seasons”. Tallent is not by the combine numbers alone, though the NFL sure is selling that… That is what makes the draft so fun to watch. Hell last year ingram was supposed to be in the top 6 or 7…

          • http://twitter.com/NativSanDiegan Paul Kokal

            Agree 100%.Why not have them do combine and Pro Days in pads? Scouts can look at body types when prospects are weighed and measured. The main deciding factor: Look At The Tape!!! All this talk of Farmstead… I need to find some tape on him.
            Post by nativesandiegan

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i think Tavon will be our trading chip

      • boltingindiego

        if warmack is available he can draw some looks.

      • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

        I dunno, I’m just sayin possibilities

      • tubbs45

        9ers want Travon Austin and so do the Rams. The Rams need/want a slot receiver

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Exactly… Not saying it is going to happen… But, I have been hearing 9′ers, and Rams for weeks. The 9′errs have a ridiculous number of picks, and can afford to trade up to get WHOEVER they want… The Rams need to replace Amendola… And I even heard that the Vikings might want to trade up to replace Harvin. Didn’t realize there were so many questions about who the trade partners would be. As, Ernie said though… Easier said, than done ; )

          • tubbs45

            It will be easier on the pocketbook to handle trades now with the cost of the player cap limited. but yeah there are a lot of different variables this year, but it should be exciting!

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Maybe nothing happens… But, its fun to spitball about it, isn’t it? =D

          • boltingindiego

            thats what awesome about the draft you really never know whats gonna happen.

          • tubbs45

            No doubt, the NFL has certainly done a great job building in drama with the NFL network, espn and SI giving so much coverage to evaluations and hot-winded analysis!!!

  • Preston Niedert

    I hope the chargers don’t take him. Use the 11 pick of the draft on a OT or a OG or a CB if the OT or OG are gone.

    • boltingindiego

      if we pick him its in the 2nd.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ERIC.GSU Derrick Ellington

    Te’os draft stock has plummeted. There are questions
    regarding his sexuality. He also is very
    naive and lacks the intangibles to lead an NFL locker room. Read more at:http://the-nba-insider.blogspot.com/2013/01/is-mante-teo-gay.html

    • Lee

      sexuality isnt something that decides prospects’ draft stock…

    • RussinSactown

      Why care about his sexuality? You don’t know if he’s gay. But if he’s gay and makes people afraid to run between the tackles he can have every after game party in Hillcrest and a harem of guys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    T’eo cannot ever take Takeo’s place at least as far as personality and leadership. Maybe in about 7 years when he grows up.

    Also, I would like to know how many of the others on the draft board have we brought in for a visit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1672216122 Daryl Peek

    People saying Teo dropping to the 2nd round aren’t paying attention. He’s a first round talent and will be drafted accordingly. The thing I’m most curious about is how most of the pre draftee visits Telesco have scheduled are defensive players. I know teams lie to keep other teams off the scent, if this is so Telesco has a helluva poker face.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1672216122 Daryl Peek

      Couple this with most of the off season change on the defensive side of the ball for these BOLTS.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      I have been thinking the same thing too. was wondering what he has been doing and wondering what he has up his sleeve.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Lot of alleged “first round talents” – end up being total busts–never pan out. So really what does “first round talent” mean? I believe Blaine Gabbert was a “first round talent”…as an example.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1672216122 Daryl Peek

        It usually means multiple teams are gonna spend that first round pick on said talent. Nothing is a sure thing.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

          You are right about that.

      • RussinSactown

        Ryan Leaf = First round talent. Akili Smith = First round talent. Tom Brady = 7th round talent

        • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

          Exactly, Russell! And Arian Foster ( I believe it was him) didn’t even get an invite. I believe he was a walk on. lol These goofs never get it right.

          I am going to check again but it was somebody big that didn’t even get an invite to the Combine who is in the NFL right now doing great.

          • boltingindiego

            i would say foster was a late bloomer because he didn’t show his nfl talent at ut.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            So right… He is total beat mode now.. who knew? Lol.

          • boltingindiego

            yep after his senior year it wasn’t looking good.

    • tubbs45

      Totally agree. I think we maybe in for a defensive first rounder and an OT from Arkansas pine-bluff in the second

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        This.

  • RussinSactown

    If we traded back and got him in the late first round, I could see him here. Maybe Telesco has a plan in mind along these lines.

  • tiiiiiiiiiiit11

    I wouldn’t want him at all. Let’s be honest………the first thing that will ALWAYS come to mind will be the catfish incident. He is going to be the laughing stock of the NFL and possibly make the entire team the laughing stock.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      If he plays well, we will forget that

  • Cgoodness13

    Am I the only one who think he’s the defensive version of Tim tebow?

    • tubbs45

      hahaha never really thought about it, but I think there is more up side because he doesnt have to throw the ball, just launch his dome at the guy with the ball. maybe we can convert Tebow to a LB’er. ;P

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i don’t see it

  • Cgoodness13

    I make up girl friends in my head sometimes singing ayo, I’m manti teo (^_^)/

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Hahaha… I like that song… Too funny.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Ya know… Ryan Mathews saying a bunch of dopey things on NFL network, that gets him in trouble with his teammates, is one thing. Getting catfished shows a weak, and easily fooled mind. No matter how talented. So, this guy is gonna be the leader, and play the Microphone spot? Na man. Forget about it.

  • http://twitter.com/BReisinger86 Brandon Reisinger

    Anyone else watch him on NFL networks Game Changers w/ Mooch? I gotta admit after watching that i was pretty impressed! He really is a very instinctive player and much smarter then people have painted him. I agree with Ernie, a coupe years from now if he is playing well no one is going to remember him for the catfish situation. I think he would be a good pick if we traded down with SF and took him right before Baltimore.

    • http://twitter.com/NativSanDiegan Paul Kokal

      nativesandiegan
      Has anyone actually watched LSU’s Kevin Minter play week-in/week-out against top notch SEC competition? All he does is make play after play and always seems to be in the opponents backfield. Also a sure tackler. If he’s there at our rd 2 pick I snatch him up in a second (unless someone even higher on my board falls to me).
      BTW, can someone out there point me to a list of who SD has brought in for personal visits?
      Re: Teo, I believe in bringing in a player with a questionable background to evaluate in person to do my due diligence, & I’m sure that’s what Tom is doing; but I would take Kevin Minter one round ahead of Teo. I may even move Teo down to rd. 5-7 depdepending on how the private interview went. I also question his football skills when playing topnotch opposition.
      Of course this is IMO

  • joerockt

    I think Manlove’s going to be a bust. If he played that shitty against Bama, how will he perform week in, week out against the best?

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