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(Detroit Free Press)   Lions taking a look at Te'o. How long can they string him along, making him believe they're an actual NFL football team?   (freep.com ) divider line
    More: Amusing, Manti Te'o, Detroit Lions, Stephen Tulloch, tight ends, football team, DeAndre Levy, students, Notre Dame  
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2013-04-09 05:12:24 PM  
Well played, subby.
 
2013-04-09 05:21:44 PM  
Hahaha
 
2013-04-09 05:39:37 PM  
Nice.
 
2013-04-09 05:46:16 PM  
redlit?

BOOOOOOO
 
2013-04-09 06:00:03 PM  

SilentStrider: redlit?

BOOOOOOO


No kidding. This is headline of the year material here.
 
2013-04-09 06:11:40 PM  

SilentStrider: redlit?

BOOOOOOO


I agree. I don't know who subby is, but this is funny.
 
2013-04-09 06:17:36 PM  
LOL'd.  +1 despite the red.
 
2013-04-09 06:19:34 PM  
Must a Lions fan who redlit this.
Well done subby
 
2013-04-09 06:58:17 PM  
MINUS ONE

/Lion's fan
 
2013-04-10 04:38:18 AM  
Well done.

/would be hilarious to see him drafted in the first round
//HILARIOUS
 
2013-04-10 11:46:19 AM  
As a lions Fan, I am on board 100% with this headline. Well played, subby.

/Would lulz again.
 
2013-04-10 11:46:25 AM  
I don't get the big deal. He'll just pawn the whole thing off like his friend really created the Lions and just strung him along for the lulz.
 
2013-04-10 11:47:01 AM  
Oh yeah, and HOTY material right here.
 
2013-04-10 11:48:26 AM  
Honestly, I could see the Lions take him in the later rounds.  Te'o and Denard Robinson are two guys who seem to have a huge boom-or-bust possibility.  They're guys who definitely would be a great pick in the 3rd or 4th round but I'm sure some idiot will draft them at the end of the 1st, top of the 2nd, while there are still sure-fire, can't miss, quality NFL starters on the board.

Which, come to think of it, is totally what the Lions do.  fark, yeah, I could see Te'o going to the Lions in the 2nd.
 
2013-04-10 11:53:55 AM  

meanmutton: Honestly, I could see the Lions take him in the later rounds.  Te'o and Denard Robinson are two guys who seem to have a huge boom-or-bust possibility.  They're guys who definitely would be a great pick in the 3rd or 4th round but I'm sure some idiot will draft them at the end of the 1st, top of the 2nd, while there are still sure-fire, can't miss, quality NFL starters on the board.

Which, come to think of it, is totally what the Lions do.  fark, yeah, I could see Te'o going to the Lions in the 2nd.


Would it surprise you if they even decided to take him in the 1st?
 
2013-04-10 11:55:28 AM  
Oh, hey, it got greenlighted.  I had lost hope.

/subby
//I WANT the Lions to do well, but they've broken our hearts around here for so many decades..........
 
2013-04-10 11:57:54 AM  

usttsdw: meanmutton: Honestly, I could see the Lions take him in the later rounds.  Te'o and Denard Robinson are two guys who seem to have a huge boom-or-bust possibility.  They're guys who definitely would be a great pick in the 3rd or 4th round but I'm sure some idiot will draft them at the end of the 1st, top of the 2nd, while there are still sure-fire, can't miss, quality NFL starters on the board.

Which, come to think of it, is totally what the Lions do.  fark, yeah, I could see Te'o going to the Lions in the 2nd.

Would it surprise you if they even decided to take him in the 1st?


That would be a Mike-Williams-of-USC level surprise for me.
 
2013-04-10 11:58:18 AM  
That's a match made in Heaven.
 
2013-04-10 12:02:37 PM  
*sigh*

/Lions fan
 
2013-04-10 12:20:08 PM  
I am just a poor boy
Though my story's seldom told
I have squandered my resistance
For a pocket full of mumbles such are promises
All lies and jests
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest

Lennay Lennay
Lennay Lennay Lennay
Lennay lennay
 
2013-04-10 12:24:01 PM  

Lor M. Ipsum: MINUS ONE

/Lion's fan


Which one?
 
2013-04-10 12:47:59 PM  

meanmutton: Honestly, I could see the Lions take him in the later rounds. Te'o and Denard Robinson are two guys who seem to have a huge boom-or-bust possibility.


Both those guys being busts would entirely depend on the expectations placed on them, not the gap between their floor and ceiling.  I'd rate them both as solid 3rd-rounders, at least.  2nd round, even.  They are legitimately athletic.

Te'o is actually a good linebacker; Alabama didn't "expose" him so much as showcase (again) the most dominating offensive line in the country.  What's a middle linebacker going to do if the DL can't hold its ground?  This isn't Tecmo Super Bowl.  His Combine score (I know, I know) was 3rd best among linebackers and very balanced between power, agility and speed.  If I was an NFL coach I'd give him a good look because he's probably undervalued right now and it's not like his off-the-field problem was the sort that implies he won't show up for work.  I'd worry more about the guy being on suicide watch because I honestly think the whole thing was 6 parts media derp, 2 parts him being a closet homosexual and 2 parts his religious family possibly disowning him if they found out.

As for Denard, he has a looong way to go to become an NFL receiver, but the talent is there and this guy's attitude should not be questioned at this point.  He endured all kinds of adversity at Michigan and never once made any drama out of it -- in fact he was probably too low-key; often times he would underperform in key games causing fans to question his accuracy, only to find out later he was playing injured (and hoo boy was Devin not ready).  His Combine score wasn't that good but I seriously doubt he had much time to prepare when transitioning to WR is jarring enough.  I figure he needs to "redshirt" his rookie season as he gets up to speed, but odds favor him getting there and he's a DB's nightmare in space.
 
2013-04-10 12:59:35 PM  
+1 for subby.
 
2013-04-10 01:00:35 PM  
I figured the Flaming Thumbtacks would show more interest in him.
 
2013-04-10 01:40:26 PM  

dragonchild: meanmutton: Honestly, I could see the Lions take him in the later rounds. Te'o and Denard Robinson are two guys who seem to have a huge boom-or-bust possibility.

Both those guys being busts would entirely depend on the expectations placed on them, not the gap between their floor and ceiling.  I'd rate them both as solid 3rd-rounders, at least.  2nd round, even.  They are legitimately athletic.

Te'o is actually a good linebacker; Alabama didn't "expose" him so much as showcase (again) the most dominating offensive line in the country.  What's a middle linebacker going to do if the DL can't hold its ground?  This isn't Tecmo Super Bowl.  His Combine score (I know, I know) was 3rd best among linebackers and very balanced between power, agility and speed.  If I was an NFL coach I'd give him a good look because he's probably undervalued right now and it's not like his off-the-field problem was the sort that implies he won't show up for work.  I'd worry more about the guy being on suicide watch because I honestly think the whole thing was 6 parts media derp, 2 parts him being a closet homosexual and 2 parts his religious family possibly disowning him if they found out.

As for Denard, he has a looong way to go to become an NFL receiver, but the talent is there and this guy's attitude should not be questioned at this point.  He endured all kinds of adversity at Michigan and never once made any drama out of it -- in fact he was probably too low-key; often times he would underperform in key games causing fans to question his accuracy, only to find out later he was playing injured (and hoo boy was Devin not ready).  His Combine score wasn't that good but I seriously doubt he had much time to prepare when transitioning to WR is jarring enough.  I figure he needs to "redshirt" his rookie season as he gets up to speed, but odds favor him getting there and he's a DB's nightmare in space.


To clarify my comment: For both, "boom" means consistent Pro Bowl player, "bust" means out of the league before their rookie contract is up.  I could see Denard's top end being like a fast Wes Welker.  I could see Te'o being a play-making linebacker who alters an offense by his presence.  I could see both of them failing out of the league entirely.

Those are the kind of players that the Lions tend to draft.
 
2013-04-10 01:51:21 PM  

meanmutton: dragonchild: meanmutton: Honestly, I could see the Lions take him in the later rounds. Te'o and Denard Robinson are two guys who seem to have a huge boom-or-bust possibility.

Both those guys being busts would entirely depend on the expectations placed on them, not the gap between their floor and ceiling.  I'd rate them both as solid 3rd-rounders, at least.  2nd round, even.  They are legitimately athletic.

Te'o is actually a good linebacker; Alabama didn't "expose" him so much as showcase (again) the most dominating offensive line in the country.  What's a middle linebacker going to do if the DL can't hold its ground?  This isn't Tecmo Super Bowl.  His Combine score (I know, I know) was 3rd best among linebackers and very balanced between power, agility and speed.  If I was an NFL coach I'd give him a good look because he's probably undervalued right now and it's not like his off-the-field problem was the sort that implies he won't show up for work.  I'd worry more about the guy being on suicide watch because I honestly think the whole thing was 6 parts media derp, 2 parts him being a closet homosexual and 2 parts his religious family possibly disowning him if they found out.

As for Denard, he has a looong way to go to become an NFL receiver, but the talent is there and this guy's attitude should not be questioned at this point.  He endured all kinds of adversity at Michigan and never once made any drama out of it -- in fact he was probably too low-key; often times he would underperform in key games causing fans to question his accuracy, only to find out later he was playing injured (and hoo boy was Devin not ready).  His Combine score wasn't that good but I seriously doubt he had much time to prepare when transitioning to WR is jarring enough.  I figure he needs to "redshirt" his rookie season as he gets up to speed, but odds favor him getting there and he's a DB's nightmare in space.

To clarify my comment: For both, "boom" means consistent Pro Bowl player, "bu ...


I find it odd that nobody blinked an eye when Bama made Earl Thomas look like a grade-A pansy in the NCG a few years ago but now it's a huge negative about Te'o that he couldn't make plays.  At least he tried to tackle and failed; Thomas literally ran away from Mark Ingram a few times rather than try to tackle him.  Te'o should still be a first round pick and I think he'll make a damn good NFL LB.

And if Robinson can't stay healthy in college, why would anyone think he could survive in the NFL?  He's too small - he might have a year or two of production in him at WR but small, fragile WRs don't last long.  He could do well in the CFL, though.
 
2013-04-10 02:32:40 PM  
Is the Heisman runner-up really going to fall to the second round?
 
2013-04-10 02:40:32 PM  
That guy who tricked him plays outfield for the Tigers. Not sure we want them both in the same town.
 
2013-04-10 02:46:39 PM  
Stafford was great as a fantasy QB
 
2013-04-10 03:02:04 PM  

Champion of the Sun: That guy who tricked him plays outfield for the Tigers. Not sure we want them both in the same town.


Is that the same guy?  The extended family has lots of athletes....
 
2013-04-10 03:18:17 PM  
...
*slow, pained, torturous golf clap*

Well played, Subby, well played.

/Go Lions.
 
2013-04-10 03:24:52 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-10 03:54:06 PM  

AdmirableSnackbar: And if Robinson can't stay healthy in college, why would anyone think he could survive in the NFL?


His junior year he had a lingering staph infection and his senior year he had nerve damage in his elbow.  In both cases what was most compromised was his ability to throw, and he's not going to be doing that in the NFL.  It's not like he suffered a blown-out knee that had to be surgically pieced back together again.  The concern with injuries is loss of mobility; Big Ten defenses tried their best to knock Denard off the field for three years but he emerged no worse for wear.  The dude's almost 200 pounds; he'll be fine.
 
2013-04-10 04:30:11 PM  
can he play wide receiver?
 
2013-04-10 05:06:21 PM  
If he is in the second round - MAYBE they could think about it.

If the Lions took him in the first round, they would be the laughing stock of the NFL (again).
 
2013-04-10 07:59:39 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: Champion of the Sun: That guy who tricked him plays outfield for the Tigers. Not sure we want them both in the same town.

Is that the same guy?  The extended family has lots of athletes....


Cousin of the guy.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Tuiasosopo
 
2013-04-10 09:39:18 PM  
Headline is farking gold.
 
2013-04-10 10:04:21 PM  
I have never laughed harder at a headline. Genius!
 
2013-04-11 12:34:50 AM  

wxboy: JohnAnnArbor: Champion of the Sun: That guy who tricked him plays outfield for the Tigers. Not sure we want them both in the same town.

Is that the same guy?  The extended family has lots of athletes....

Cousin of the guy.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Tuiasosopo


Holy sheet. I was just making a joke, didn't realize they were related.
 
2013-04-11 01:39:49 AM  
I hope this kid turns out to be a nine time all pro, HoF kind of line backer.  I hope he ends up playing like Dick Butkus and Jack Lambert's love child.   That way, we won't have to hear about this ridiculous shiat any more.
 
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