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Reese on Te'o: 'It's still early'

1/22/2013

Like probably everybody else in the NFL world, general manager Jerry Reese thinks it is way too early to figure out what to make of Manti Te’o and where the Notre Dame linebacker may go in the draft.

In an interview with the Newark Star-Ledger at the Senior Bowl in Alabama, Reese was asked about the linebacker that has been the center of controversy swirling around the fake girlfriend hoax.

Initially projected to be a first-round pick before the bizarre Lennay Kekua story unfolded, Te’o's draft status and where he will go will be a topic all the way through the draft in April.

"Well, we don’t know yet, because we haven't sat down and talked to him at all yet," Reese told the Star-Ledger. "And again, it’s still early, most people don’t know the details. I know I don’t know all the details, and so it’s hard to say right now."

The Giants pick 19th in the first round. ESPN draft insider Mel Kiper Jr. has Te’o going eighth overall in his first mock draft. And Scouts Inc. ranks Te’o as 12th in their top 32 prospects.

Like everybody else, the Giants will do their homework and eventually sit down with Te’o and interview him.

"It’s still early in the process," Reese said. "Everybody will interview, have interviews. We interview most all the players, and so we’ll interview him, just like we interview everybody else. If he’s in the right spot, and we like him well enough, any of these guys could be a possibility, including him.”

The Giants have needs at offensive line, defensive line, cornerback and linebacker entering free agency and the draft.

"(Te’o is) in the mix with everybody else, but there's a lot of work to do before April," Reese added. "We’ll get all the information that we can gather on these players and we’ll see how that goes. But right now it’s still too early to tell which direction we’ll go (in the draft). But like always, with us, we pick the best player that’s on the board at the time."

Alright guys, tell us what you think of Te’o and what Reese should do at 19.