Te'o a good fit in Chicago?

Te'o a good fit in Chicago?
March 26, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Is Manti Te'o a fit for the Bears?

If he's available when the Bears select at No. 20 -- assuming they stay there -- Te'o may be on GM Phil Emery's radar as the Bears still need a long-term answer at middle linebacker.
Personally, I believe the Bears should go with an offensive lineman, but you never know what will be on the board, and they can't pick a player they don't feel can be a starter for them for several years.
Te'o had to have helped himself with an improved 40 time of 4.69 at Notre Dame pro day, and at some point he's going to be judged more by the way he played on the field than what happened to him off it.

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People have quickly forgotten that he was a captain on Notre Dame's football team. That should carry some weight. He was also a leader and playmaker on the field. It's unlikely all of that will get overlooked come draft time, and if he had run in the 4.6 range, he would be getting rave reviews.
The 40 time in many cases doesn't have anything to do with a guy's ability to perform in the NFL. Jerry Rice, the best receiver to ever play in the league, ran a 4.6, as did many other top running backs and receivers. That doesn't mean its not important, it's just not everything.
There have been rumors that Te'o is being targeted by the Giants and the Ravens, whose teams have a history of developing very good defensive players. If he's good enough for them, perhaps he's good enough for the Bears.