NFL Draft Countdown | No.9 Manti Te’o

Pros: A tackling machine, Te’o opted to return for his senior season, where he will once again serve as the leader and glue of the defensive unit. The former five-star recruit coming out of high school in Hawaii, Te’o is one of the few blue-chip recruits who lived up to the billing starting all four years for the Fighting Irish. Te’o moved from outside to inside linebacker in 2010 as Notre Dame switched from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 scheme under defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, providing experience in both formations. His sideline-to-sideline coverage is arguably the best of anyone at his position at the college level but he has also proven that he can penetrate the backfield and create chaos

Cons: A great run-stuffer, Te’o needs to improve his coverage dropping back when covering tight ends and receivers out of the backfield. His footwork has been

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