Minnesota Vikings: Can Manti Te'o fill hole in defense?

Apr 23, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: TwinCities

The Minnesota Vikings have two picks in the first round of the NFL draft and one big hole in the middle of their defense.

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Thomas Hagen

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Apr 23, 2013
 
Many Te'o didn't play well in the BCS game with Alabama and might not be as good as projected in the NFL. To risky for a 1st round pick. Hags
viking nation

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Apr 23, 2013
 
I don't really go on one bad game the player had. theres been many of NFL greats like Ray Lewis that had a bad game. Ray Lewis like Te'o wasn't the fastest MLB but Ray did have good sideline to sideline speed I looked at Te'o's Pro Day I didn't see that speed in him. but he played good in college so whos to say right. You don't need a fast MLB in the vikes cover two D but he does need to get to the outside. I am not sure Te'o can for sure. Te'o was a runner up to the Heisman so he does got to be pretty good & I have seen him play & from what I seen he can play, the thing is how good will his play be with his speed in a much faster NFL. I think Thomas is right Te'o is to risky for a first round pick but its all up to the bigest need.
old time vikings fan

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Apr 24, 2013
 
viking nation wrote:
I don't really go on one bad game the player had. theres been many of NFL greats like Ray Lewis that had a bad game. Ray Lewis like Te'o wasn't the fastest MLB but Ray did have good sideline to sideline speed I looked at Te'o's Pro Day I didn't see that speed in him. but he played good in college so whos to say right. You don't need a fast MLB in the vikes cover two D but he does need to get to the outside. I am not sure Te'o can for sure. Te'o was a runner up to the Heisman so he does got to be pretty good & I have seen him play & from what I seen he can play, the thing is how good will his play be with his speed in a much faster NFL. I think Thomas is right Te'o is to risky for a first round pick but its all up to the bigest need.
Watch tape of Teo and you can see that he's over hyped. Slow to move laterally and often not the first one to the play that is his responsibility. He WILL struggle in coverage. Compare his speed and hitting to Arthur Brown and there's no contest. Brown is the superior LB. Some scouts say he's too small for the mike but he's almost the same size as Patrick Willis. He does look small on film but he's 240 lbs and while he might be better suited to the OLB could play in the middle. I really hope the vikes pass on Teo at least in the first round as there are better players that can help the team.

“MN Viking fan in Kansas”

Since: Apr 13

Huron, South Dakota

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Apr 24, 2013
 
old time vikings fan wrote:
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Watch tape of Teo and you can see that he's over hyped. Slow to move laterally and often not the first one to the play that is his responsibility. He WILL struggle in coverage. Compare his speed and hitting to Arthur Brown and there's no contest. Brown is the superior LB. Some scouts say he's too small for the mike but he's almost the same size as Patrick Willis. He does look small on film but he's 240 lbs and while he might be better suited to the OLB could play in the middle. I really hope the vikes pass on Teo at least in the first round as there are better players that can help the team.
Maybe, just maybe, there is some truth to the rumors of moving Henderson to Mike and drafting Brown for the OLB spot.

“Zimmer Turner Overdrive”

Since: Jan 07

Minneapolis

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Apr 26, 2013
 
Nah, Arthur Brown is too small. He's 6'0" - what tight end you gonna have him cover? and 240? get real. 210 more like. No way he can take on an NFL fullback, much less a guard. He's an olb or maybe a safety. The guy has zero forced fumbles for his college career. zero. at MLB. 240 my asz.

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Apr 26, 2013
 
old time vikings fan, create an account, message me. You've been around an eternity.

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