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Manti Te'o has been under the microscope since shortly after the new year. He's been ridiculed, belittled, questioned, made fun of and analyzed. He improved on his combine performance recently at his pro day but is he worth the pick?
Everybody knows the Te'o story by now. The weird fake girlfriend saga played out on every media outlet for what seemed like weeks. He was the butt of many jokes but that wasn't the biggest concern from scouts.
Te'o's performance in the National Championship Game was poor at best. He struggled to make tackles, penetrate the line of scrimmage and seemed outmatched by a team full of NFL talent.
Here's the thing about Te'o. He will most likely go in the first round. He's likely to start getting looks right around when the Bears are scheduled to draft. Considering they need a linebacker, the team must do their due diligence and fully evaluate him.
There are many factors you now have to consider when drafting Te'o. Not only do you want to know if he can compete physically, but you must wonder if can he hold up mentally to what he is going to have to endure in the locker room and on the field from other players.