NFL Draft 2013: Manti Te'o won't last past Bengals, according to Peter King


The long-time NFL writer says Te'o won't slide out of the first round come April.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o showed up in Indianapolis last week for the NFL Scouting Combine knowing he was going to have to provide some answers to every team in the NFL. Instead of hiding from it, Te'o stood up and knocked the questions out, all while showing how hard he worked to get to this point with excellent workouts.

Over at Sports Illustrated, NFL writer Peter King says there is no way that Te'o drops out of the first round. King believes the Cincinnati Bengals would stop the slide should it reach them, as they continue to build an elite defense.

Teo's stock had dropped after the hoax was unveiled and the ensuing media coverage flipped the story of the linebacker's charisma and leadership. In addition, Teo's performance against Alabama in the BCS title game was lackluster. However, King doesn't buy into all of that, saying Te'o showed throughout the season that he can be a playmaker at the NFL level.

As for another perspective, SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn sees Te'o dropping a little further than the Bengals at No. 21, going six spots later to the Houston Texans in his most recent mock draft.

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