Part of my intention in watching Alabama's domination of Notre Dame in Monday night's BCS National Championship game, was to pay particular attention to the 2013 NFL Draft prospects from both teams and speculate on who might be a good fit for the Saints.
As a close follower of SEC football, I was much more familiar with the Crimson TIde than the Fighting Irish. In fact, I don't think I watched a complete Notre Dame game all season as, they were usually on at the same time as an SEC game. I did, however, catch plenty of ESPN highlights of the Fighting Irish, along with bits and pieces of several of their games.
The premiere player from this past season for the Fighting Irish is All-American linebacker Manti Te'o. At 6'2" and 255 lbs., Te'o is projected to be the top middle linebacker taken in the draft. For those of you that also watched the National Championship game, it was obvious that Te'o concluded his college football career in disappointing fashion. He missed numerous tackles on Alabama running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon, in addition to being driven backwards frequently. While I don't think Te'o's whole college career should be judged by his performance against Alabama, the Crimson Tide were the closest thing to an NFL team he has come across and I was expecting to see more from him.
Which Player From the BCS Championship Might the Saints Draft?
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