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Thursday, April 11, 2013
BBAO: Manti Te'o takes 3rd NFC North visit

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o has now had confirmed pre-draft visits to three of the four NFC North markets. Does that mean he has a good chance of landing in our division in a couple weeks? Not necessarily.

It's true that the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings are in the market for a middle linebacker, but there are more reasons for a team to seek additional time with Te'o than there are for most draft-eligible players. Teams get brief opportunities to speak with players at the NFL scouting combine and even at pro days, but the best time to have a controlled and detailed discussion about Te'o's role in a well-publicized online hoax is during a visit to the team's facility.

Te'o participated in the Vikings' recent top 30 event, while the Lions hosted him earlier this week. He visited the Bears within the past few weeks, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com. There usually isn't a correlation between visits and players a team drafts. All we can say at this point is that the NFC North has interest in getting more information on Manti Te'o.

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