Excerpt: "As the calendar approaches April, the pre-draft spin cycle will soon hit overdrive.

The rules are simple.

Teams that don’t like a player will say good things about him, hoping that someone with a higher pick will take the player, which will push a more viable prospect down the board. Teams that like a player will say bad things about him, hoping that he’ll still be there when the team makes its pick.

It’s important to keep those rules in mind when considering any off-the-record assessments of players by scouts and coaches who, depending on the teams for which they work, may be hoping to influence what other teams will or won’t do.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports spoke to scouts and coaches from multiple unnamed teams who attended the Monday Pro Day workout of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.

And none of those folks regard Te’o as a first-round pick.

“Nice player, but not worth a first-round pick. Not in my view,” said an unnamed “AFC personnel man.” Read more...