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Manti Te'o

Will Still Be 1st Round Pick

... Says Ex-NFL Star

1/18/2013 7:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Manti Te'o will still be a Top 15 pick in April's NFL Draft ... despite all of the questions surrounding the hoax ... this according to former 1st round NFL draft pick Mike Williams.

Williams -- who was the #10 overall pick in the 2005 Draft -- was out in L.A. last night, when we asked if he thought Te'o's draft stock is plummeting because of the scandal.

Mike knows a little something about the politics of the draft, he was involved in a controversy of his own when he left USC early and tried to enter the 2004 draft, only to be denied by the league because he wasn't 3 years removed from high school.

Manti -- Still a Top 15 Pick?

  • Yes
  • No
But when it comes to Te'o ... Mike says the not-really-dead-girlfriend scandal is irrelevant to NFL teams, because if the kid can play ... his talent trumps everything else.  

So, we gotta ask ...

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skittlesbreaker19    

Whateves Williams!

454 days ago
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Mike    

3 months from now people won't even remember this "controversy". Why, from a business perspective, would any NFL team pass over this talent?

454 days ago
3.

Tim    

Enough already.

454 days ago
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mebrat24    

If you kill dogs and it doesn't make any difference to the NFL why should this?

454 days ago
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AlwaysOnTimeB    

Since the decision will be based on his abilities on the field, and not his so called dead girlfriend, he'll still be in the top 15.

454 days ago
6.

Lucy    

He is very talented, but he's going to be the butt of jokes and controversy for a long time. Some teams don't want that distraction to affect the other players.

454 days ago
7.

spectator72    

The bad news
His girlfriend is invisible ,but there is Photoshop
and the good news .
He can own a dog

454 days ago
8.

Marilyn    

Great for any team that wants a really stupid dishonest liar.

454 days ago
9.

Truth    

PULEEEEZ.... NO 1 IN THE NFL GIVES A CRAP ABOUT A FAKED CATFISHED GF. THE ONLY THING THEY CONCERNED ABOUT IS WHEN HE STARTS MAKING FAKE TACKLES. POINT BLANK!! #TRUTH!!

454 days ago
10.

EarlyCuyler    

If the National Championship told me somthing about Manti... His NFL career will be short. Alabama ran through him like a knife cuts through hot butter.

454 days ago
11.

jabberjaws    

So there u go. its all b.s.

454 days ago
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Liz    

A lot depends on what are the biggest needs for the top 15 teams drafting. If a team needs a QB, they're not going to take Te'o regardless.

454 days ago
13.

I am Spartacus    

It's well known he hooked up with girls at Notre Dame. This was one of those long distance chicks he thought he could talk to but never had to see and then when all this stuff happened to her, he thought it was real, the media blew it up. Finally the person who catfish'd him broke the news to him when he finally couldn't go on, but the LEGEND had been built already so he lied to keep it out of the media until after the Championship game. He was going to break the news himself but he got scooped and now the kid is humiliated and embarrassed and just wants it to go away so he can go on with his career. He bought into the kid scamming him, the media bought into the story and now the media has egg on their face as much as he does for not checking into things better and the media is mad and now they knock down the star they built. We build them up to knock them down and hopefully they redeem themselves so we can eat up that story as well. The media is now piling on this kid, bullying this kid and making it worse for this kid because they're pissed off. The kid is now a punchline on twitter, to think he planned all this just to get a trophy and be humiliated in front of the world is ridiculous. Time to move on to the next celeb doing something stupid and time for sports media like ESPN to move on to SPORTS!

454 days ago
14.

Jordan    

Of coarse he will be a first round pick, the League allows felons in why not a liar also?

454 days ago
15.

disembedded    

Williams an NFL star? Hmmmmm...don't think so.

454 days ago
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