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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.

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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16.

jabberjaws    

Do u like fake girlfriends and catfish. how bout dying grandma's and b.s. then ur gonna luv this.....DING DONG! who is it? Manti Te'o nfl 1st rounder!

553 days ago
17.

There's a problem here    

Better a fake girlfriend than a drunk girl pulled into a bathroom for a quick BJ, a beat up baby mama, killing your best friend while DUI, or a bunch of tortured, dead dogs. A fake girlfriend isn't much compared to the real thing in the NFL.

553 days ago
18.

Toallthehatersoftheworld    

Over it

553 days ago
19.

Truth    

GET REAL... DRAFTING 1ST ROUND DOESNT MEAN SH*T ALL. THIS MIKE WILLIAMS DUDE IS NOW A FREE AGENT WITH NO TEAM AT ONLY 29YRS OLD. DUDE WENT THRU 4 TEAMS OVER 6 YRS COULDNT GET TO STAR LEVEL. #TRUTH!!

553 days ago
20.

KicksandGiggles    

Yes, he will be a distraction for a minute until his talent shuts them up. But if the NFL can put up with baby mama drama, drugs, alcohol, arrests, crap we usually see, this is a mild piece of cake. Give the kid a chance at least hes not a criminal.

553 days ago
21.

TruthBTold    

I find this Te'o story to be a bunch of **** just like the mockumentary catfish. The very fact that this 'jock' would call some random girl he met on Twitter without even meeting her his girlfriend, is ridiculous. He simply used her to sell his story even more. Girlfriend AND Grandma dies on same day *boohoo* I feel so bad for this poor guy...NOT. If people wouldn't have questioned his unbelievable story, he would have kept going on with the story. Fortunately for him people are always talking and will continue to do so once the next mini scandal comes along.

553 days ago
22.

helloitsme    

Since when has the NFL cared if their athletes are moral or not? Just look at all their scandals of using drugs, abusing alcohol, beating and killing women etc. The NFL won't care.

553 days ago
23.

Twiz    

How does one execute a fake tackle?

553 days ago
24.

Carl    

Of course he'll still be a high pick. If a player is good enough it doesn't matter what they do a team will take them anyway. Look at all the criminals in the NFL that come back shortly after just a short time (or no time) away.

553 days ago
25.

Chief Sosa    

In the CFL

553 days ago
26.

KoreanMC    

Mike Williams is a s***bag. While staying with his wife and 2 daughters at a hotel, he snuck in multiple other women through a back entrance and banged them in other rooms!

553 days ago
27.

rskuggs    

Will the Hoax cause him to not be a top pick? NO! Will his performance vs Alabama? YES! He got EXPOSED in that game,BIG TIME!

553 days ago
28.

Ca2Az    

No way a first rounder.

553 days ago
29.

Shoc369    

The fake girlfriend will not be the reason he doesn't go in the Top 15! After his performance vs. Alabama, you have to ask if it was a hoax that he is a linebacker too! His pitiful performance will be the deal breaker.

553 days ago
30.

CelticOne    

Of course he will be. His personal life, regardless of his gf/deceased gf has no barring on his ability to play football.

553 days ago
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