Former NFL executive Scott Pioli said the off-field issues of Manti Te'o may not have had much impact on his draft stock after all: "What happened to [Te'o] has happened to a lot of people. A lot of NFL people. It's just been a lot quieter." ... Private QB coach Steve Clarkson is helping Tim Tebow with his throwing motion, and doesn't think the controversial QB has far to go. "The guy has a very powerful arm," Clarkson told me. "His skill set is fine. He just has to get to a place where [teams] understand what he's about." ... Peter Schmuck of The (Baltimore) Sun says locals shouldn't rip the Orioles for forcing the Ravens to open on the road against Denver. "If you put the Ravens coaching staff on a polygraph," Schmuck told me, "they love the idea of getting that Denver game out of the way when it's warm and they have 10 days to recover." ... I asked Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman if he'd rather negotiate with Scott Boras or new agent Jay-Z. "I'd just rather have a successful negotiation either way," Cashman said. "I might ask for Jay-Z's autograph when it's over."