I think that anyone who thinks Te'o can't be successful in year 1 is crazy. Imo the question isn't how long will it take Te'o to become good, but much like Flacco as a rookie, how long will it take him to reach his ceiling.
I get what you are saying and if the Ravens were picking top 20, i'd be 100% with you. But at 32, we're basically picking in the second round. The only way we come away with a sure fire 1st round guy is if a guy falls because of questions i.e Upshaw. I wouldn't call Te'o a wildcard, i'd say he's more of a conservative investment. You put a small amount of money into him and be paitent because you know you can afford to watch him grow steady. Instead of a aggressive investment where you wanna see immediate capital.
Ellerbe is a lot like Flacco imo. Only a small amount of fans wanted this guy before the draft. I still remember hearing Anita Marks and Wally Williams saying he would be nothing more then a 3rd or 4th round pick. Flacco imo was a guy who was widely misjudged and labeled. Te'o is the same. Te'o will be a guy who you wouldn't need to be the guy from day one. Just like Flacco and Upshaw, but the more he plays the better he'll become imo.
i think we would kind of rely on him on day 1 if he was a first rounder. traditionally, a first round pick starts, as theyre a player in a position that NEEDS filling. if we keep ellerbe, for example, i think it would be best to get a FS or a WR for our first pick.