I know, the Manti Te'o fake girlfriend hoax incident has been covered from every angle. It's played out, plain and simple. Yet that doesn't mean NFL teams have forgotten the story, nor are they convinced that he's not a phony.
According to Bob McGinn of JSOnline.com, one NFL scout he spoke to said his team had already taken Te'o off their draft board:
We've kind of taken him off the board, he doesn't have enough ability to put up with all that. Why fool with it? Try-hard, smart (Wonderlic of 23) guy. This was the first year he's really gotten himself in shape. Some of his teammates think he's kind of a phony.
Can you blame the teams that have removed Te'o from their board? He's a quote-unquote strong leader, but how can he be trusted? We are talking about a guy who killed off a girl who didn't exist for the sole purpose of gaining notoriety.
It worked. Te'o was a Heisman Trophy finalist and won almost every award he could have won. As a senior, he registered 113 total tackles, picked off seven passes and sacked opposing quarterbacks 1.5 times.
By no means did he have a poor career at Notre Dame, but one has to think the tragic events that happened off-field helped put him in the public eye.
It will be up to front office executives to decide whether or not the whole catfishing story was Te'o making a bad decision, or if it was a true case of dishonesty.