Chargers take Manti Te'o in 2nd round of NFL draft

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  • eagle Provo, UT
    April 27, 2013 12:06 p.m.

    I stand by my comments. Van Noy is a great player, and maybe he did stay to improve his draft status, what of it? Maybe he stayed for other reasons as well (likes college atmosphere and BYU, has something to prove etc.) And maybe he was ready and should have came out for the draft, others have made that mistake I suppose. But the decision was his. But he was a better player than Te'o in about every statistical category. I also believe he has more upside. He is likely to be a every down player where Te'o won't be. I don't want to sound down on Te'o. I think he was a good college player and his intangibles with leadership and grit helped ND greatly. But it was pretty obvious in the bowl game, that he probably wasn't a Heisman caliber player but since he played at ND and they had won all their games at that point, he would be in the mix for this award.

  • Uncle Rico Provo, UT
    April 27, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    Re: eagle

    If Van Noy was really that good, he would have left early for the NFL draft. He obviously didn't wasn't projected to go very high in the draft.

    He is coming back for his Senior year to try and improve his draft position for 2014 draft.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    April 27, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    I feel bad for the young man and all that he went through. His talent was overhyped because he played for Notre Dame. I really had him down as a third/fourth round pick. In the Alabama game he looked like the 10th best or even lower player on the field. When ND played BYU, you could tell Van Noy and Ansah obviously were better players. Look at that stats and Van Noy had a better year by far. Teo made some great plays and is a solid player but Van Noy literally changed the bowl game he played and single handedly won the game for the Cougs. There was one play that stood out with me with Ansah as well. It's when he pursued a player in the bowl game, got blocked to the ground. The running back burst in the open field but Ansah recovered and got int the tackle nearly 20 yards downfield. That showed right there the kid had a motor and pure athleticism rarely seen. His upside is huge, barring injury he should be a great NFL player.

  • utahmtnman Park City, UT
    April 27, 2013 9:55 a.m.

    He did land in the best place. Fellow Mormon, Eric Weddle, will take him under his wing.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    April 27, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    Obviously a talented player, but he was exposed against Alabama and NFL teams recognized his vulnerability. The Heisman hype was just that. His interception against BYU was because Hoffman had beaten him across the middle and Nelson threw behind Cody. He was rewarded with an INT because he was out of position. If Te'o can keep his emotions straight, he'll have a good career.