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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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31.

Toilethead    

Will they draft a shrink with him?

580 days ago
32.

Philip    

The Jets love to bring on stars that get them attention, since wins aren't as high a priority.

580 days ago
33.

Scott    

When Manti played against quality competition, e.g. Alabama, he looked like an average player. In the pros, he will be below average.

580 days ago
34.

Alex    

What idiot writer claimed this guy to be an Ex-NFL star in the headline

580 days ago
35.

Jack    

Never mind the fake girlfriend, did you folks not see him get shut down by Alabama in the championship game? He was nonexistent against a good college defense. What happens when he faces a good pro defense. He should be third round at best.

580 days ago
36.

hunter    

If he was duped, he would have spoken out sooner. The delay was due to negotiations and confidentiality agreements to divert the blame.

580 days ago
37.

hunter    

This guy is so dumb that if you send him a loaded gun with instructions to self-inflict a shot to the head, he would be dead.

580 days ago
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