Report: Patriots Interested in Trading Up For Manti Te’o

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Could Manti Te’o be a trade up target for the Patriots?

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

According to Alex Flanagan of NFL Network, the Patriots have reportedly expressed interest in trading up for Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.

Wow – this should be interesting.

UPDATE: The Chargers have selected Manti Te’o – thus ending any speculation.

Let’s leave everything that has been said about Te’o off the field out of the discussion and talk about Te’o the football player for a second.

Here is what we said in our scouting report of Manti Te’o:

Plain and simple Manti Te’o is a football player. He has the instincts, strength and play-making ability to be a cornerstone defender for a defense for years to come. His work ethic and passion for the game sets him apart from others. Ideal fit at an ILB position in either a 4-3 or 3-4, but is the type of player every NFL team will have to look at because he will just make plays.

Te’o might become over-scrutinized and knocked for his lack of straight line speed, but when you turn on the film you see how many plays this kid makes

There is no question in my mind that Te’o can be successful in the NFL – my question is how does he fit in with the Patriots?

I think he’s marginally better than Jerod Mayo and Brandon Spikes in coverage, but doesn’t offer as much in the run game as Mayo. He also can’t blitz and shoot gaps as well as Brandon Spikes.

Brandon Spikes is in the last year of his contract, so this might be a move for the future as well.

This might be a smokescreen being thrown up by either the Patriots or the agents of Te’o, but either way this is an interesting development.

Would you like Manti Te’o on the Patriots?

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12 Responses to “Report: Patriots Interested in Trading Up For Manti Te’o”

  1. acm says:

    Te’o is a better LB that the title game showed or all the hate he is getting for the GF hoax. But is not what the Patriots need at LB right now, imo.
    An Arthur Brown/Sio Moore type backer would be more useful at this point in time.

    And as I am typing this, Ravens get Brown … too bad.

  2. joe says:

    Buffalo got wr woods everybody is getting better but the pats they better nail these two picks San Fran got tank common bill value is over rated. Get talent

  3. joe says:

    I believe it that’s why San Diego traded up but if BB does not move up were gonna be stuck with another Branden Tate or Chung move up. If Bob get honey badger my TV is being smashed

  4. Ken W says:

    Thank you, SD took the bate!

  5. Ken W says:

    Please be a smokescreen! We don’t need another ILB that can’t cover.

  6. AM says:

    As a replacement for Spikes, he might be interesting, but hardly a slam-dunk prospect. Difficult to believe that he would be the real option here.

  7. George says:

    I want Arthur Brown. This is a smokescreen.

  8. Jorge Duron says:

    If this happens the good trade we did yesterday, will lose its value… we need CB and WR, figure out the ILB next year if we lose spikes…

  9. Jorge Duron says:

    HECK NOOO!!!…

  10. Alex Kroll says:

    No, please no.

  11. @brass4321 says:

    Dear god no

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