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Titans meet with Te'o at Combine

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Tennessee Titans are among the 20 teams to meet with Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, according to a league source.

Te'o addressed the controversial girlfriend hoax at the Combine when he met with the media here Saturday afternoon.

As for where Te'o would fit with the Titans, linebacker is one of the stronger aspects of a weak defense, but Tennessee has to be concerned at middle linebacker where team captain Colin McCarthy missed half the season with an ankle injury and a concussion.

The Titans probably wouldn't spend the 10th overall pick in the first round on Te'o, given greater needs at other positions on defense and the offensive line, but if the linebacker was still on the board at their pick at No. 40, he could be a very attractive option.

Te'o said the many teams he has met with at the Combine just wanted to hear his side of the story regarding the “death” of girlfriend Lennay Kekua, who turned out to be imaginary and part of an elaborate hoax perpetrated by a friend of the linebacker.

Asked what teams inquired about from the controversy, Teo' said, “Just tell me the facts. They want to hear it from me. Just tell them basically what happened.”
Te'o admits the incident that dominated the national spotlight for weeks was embarrassing.

“Oh, definitely. For anybody to go through, it’s definitely embarrassing. When you’re walking through grocery stores and you’re kind of like giving people double-takes to see if they’re starting at you ,it’s definitely embarrassing,” he said. "I guess it’s part of the process, it’s part of the journey. You know it’s only going to make me stronger and it definitely has.”

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