If the Chiefs were to play a game today, they’d be one player short.

They’re in dire need of an inside linebacker to play alongside Derrick Johnson in the base 3-4 front and will likely utilize the draft to fill the spot occupied by the late Jovan Belcher during the past three seasons.

But the most highly rated inside linebacker in the draft comes with a boatload of questions and certainly isn’t worth the first pick in the draft.

The question is how far will Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o fall?

Te’o was the most decorated college football player of 2012, winning the Nagurski, Lombardi, Bednarik, Maxwell, Butkus and Walter Camp awards and was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy after making 103 tackles and seven interceptions in leading the Irish to a 12-1 record and appearance in the national championship game.

But he will be forever known for his relationship with a fictitious girlfriend who supposedly died early in the season. Once Te’o learned the girl’s existence was a hoax, he still perpetuated the lie through the Heisman ceremony and national championship game against Alabama until it was exposed by the website Deadspin.com.

Te’o tried doing damage control with interviews on ESPN and Katie Couric as well as during the NFL Scouting Combine and pro day workout at Notre Dame, and he is expected to be a mid-to-late first-round pick. Every team that interviewed Te’o asked him about the fabrication.

“They’ve wanted to hear it from me what the truth was,” Te’o said at the combine. “They haven’t really said anything about it affecting me (in the draft). Everybody makes mistakes and one of the positive things about what I went through is I’ve learned to empathize with those who are going through the same thing.

“I’ve told teams, ‘You’ll get somebody who’s humble, works hard, doesn’t say much, and will do everything it takes to win.’”

While teams have had to do their homework when considering drafting players who have been arrested for DUI, drug issues or domestic violence, Te’o’s misconduct is unprecedented.

So before evaluating him as a player, teams have to decide whether they can trust him in the locker room as a person.

“There are two schools of thought,” said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. “One is most of us have made mistakes at age 21, and the kid’s naive, and it’s embarrassing. But it shouldn’t really hurt the kid because it’s not like one of those major things where you say, ‘We can’t have him on our team.’

“Some other teams are going to look at him and say he lied to his father. He had a chance when he found out about what really happened, he had a chance to tell the nation, and he lied to the nation. And do you want a liar in your locker room?”