ESPN's Mel Kiper acknowledged on SportsCenter Thursday that Notre Dame ILB Manti Te'o is unlikely to be a top-five draft pick.
Kiper was recommending the Chiefs take Te'o first overall during the season, but he's snapped back to reality a bit. "(Inside linebackers) typically don't go in the top-five overall," Kiper conceded. "1993, Marvin Jones went fourth overall to the Jets. That very rarely happens. You see 8-11 for the middle linebackers last 10-12 years, have come off the board. If he gets in -- Te'o does -- into that 10-15 range, it could allow a team like the Baltimore Ravens, looking for the heir apparent to Ray Lewis, to jump up and get a guy like Manti Te'o." Kiper is now recommending the Chiefs take Texas A&M LT Luke Joeckel at No. 1.