Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Te'o to Denver?
By Tim Kavanagh
In a post on Monday, we wondered whether the Denver Broncos would hand their starting middle linebacker job to Nate Irving, while possibly saying goodbye to Keith Brooking and D.J. Williams this offseason. However, there have been some mock drafts making the rounds where a prospect with considerably more hype has been linked to Denver at No. 28 overall: Notre Dame's Manti Te'o.
Te'o slipping all the way to Denver at that spot seems like wishful thinking on the part of some Elway jersey-clad superfans, but anything is possible. Nevertheless, if it does turn out that Te'o is available to the Broncos at that spot, ESPN AFC West blogger Bill Williamson doesn't foresee them having any reservations in making him their pick, despite all the recent attention regarding the girlfriend hoax:
Bill WilliamsonTe'o a Bronco? They should hope
"I think once the smoke settles, Te'o is still going to be a sought-after player. If he does fall to the Broncos and they feel comfortable with his side of the story involving the hoax, I can't see the Broncos doing any better than Te'o with the pick. In the short John Elway era, Denver has taken the approach of taking the best available player. If Te'o falls, I can't see him falling past Denver. The Broncos don't have many holes, but middle linebacker is one of the need areas. Keith Brooking took over as the starter last season, but he is 37 years old. Te'o would become an immediate contributor for Denver."