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Saturday, February 23, 2013
Texans' Te'o talk means little at this point

By Paul Kuharsky


INDIANAPOLIS -- The Manti Te’o news conference will be regarded as the media highlight of this NFL scouting combine.

The overall review is that he handled himself well and helped defuse the fake dead girlfriend story more than he had previously.

From an AFC South point of view, I figure it’s inevitable that people will pick up on this: He mentioned the two teams he met with last night were Houston and Green Bay.

Houston certainly needs an inside linebacker, but Te’o has been a 4-3 middle linebacker, not a 3-4 inside linebacker. (Although ESPN's Bill Polian just told me he thinks Te'o could be a weakside inside guy in a 3-4, and maybe even a weakside outside guy.)

More importantly, let’s take this as our annual reminder about how insignificant meetings can be in terms of news value.

Te’o will meet with 18 more teams today for a total of 20 in his time at the scouting combine.

Some of those teams will use their 15 minutes to confirm that they like him. Some will be using the time to confirm that they aren’t interested.

It’s that way with every player.

Most teams have seven draft picks. That's what the Texans have, as of now. Even if they use a 15-minute interview on every guy they wind up drafting, they will have talked to 53 others they don’t draft.

Please, let’s avoid penciling in Te’o to the Texans at this point.