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Manti Te'o passed over in NFL draft's first round

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:09 p.m. HST, Apr 25, 2013

Manti Te'o, the controversial linebacker from Notre Dame, was not selected among the 32 picks today in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Te'o, a star linebacker at Notre Dame and a Heisman Trophy finalist, was projected to be selected in the first round, with teams such as the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens reportedly showing interest.

He was ranked as the 17th-best player by NFL Draft expert and ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. entering today's draft.

Many had Te'o as the top-rated linebacker, ahead of Alec Ogletree, who was selected by the St. Louis Rams with the 30th pick.

"I'm a little disappointed," he told the NFL Network.

One of the teams that needed to fill the inside linebacker spot was the Vikings. But Minnesota, which entered the day with two first-round picks and acquired a third first-rounder, passed on Te'o all three times.

The Vikings instead selected defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (23rd), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (25th) and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (29th).

Te'o is the most decorated college football player, winning seven of the major awards, such as the Maxwell, Walter Camp, Bednarik, Nagurski and Butkus awards.

However, an online hoax regarding the death of his girlfriend swallowed Te'o into a swirl of controversy and his popularity and reputation took a major hit.

The downward spiral continued when Te'o didn't perform well during the NFL combine in February, running the 40-yard dash — the league's basic measure for speed and quickness — in 4.82. But Te'o improved his mark to 4.71 during a Notre Dame pro day a month later.

Now, Te'o must wait a day for his name to be called as the draft continues Friday with the second and third rounds, starting at 12:30 p.m. Hawaii time.

The fourth and seventh rounds will close out the draft on Saturday.

The draft was heavy in offensive linemen. The Kansas City Chiefs, owner of the No. 1 overall pick, selected 6-foot-7, 306-pound Eric Fisher from Central Michigan. Jacksonville selected Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel second.

In all six of the first 11 picks were offensive linemen.

First round

1, Kansas City — Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

2, Jacksonville — Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

3, Miami (trade with Oakland) — Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

4, Philadelphia — Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

5, Detroit — Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young

6, Cleveland — Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

7, Arizona — Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

8, St. Louis (trade with Buffalo) — Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

9, New York Jets — Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

10, Tennessee — Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

11, San Diego —D.J. Fluker, T, Alabama

12, Oakland (trade with Miami) — D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston

13, New York Jets — Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

14, Carolina — Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

15, New Orleans — Kenny Vacarro, S, Texas

16, Buffalo (trade with St. Louis) — E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State

17, Pittsburgh —Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

18, San Francisco (trade with Dallas) — Eric Reid, S, LSU

19, New York Giants —Justin Pugh, G/T, Syracuse

20, Chicago — Kyle Long, G, Oregon

21, Cincinnati — Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

22, Atlanta (trade with St. Louis) — Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

23, Minnesota — Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

24, Indianapolis — Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

25, Minnesota —Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

26, Green Bay — Datone Jones, DT/DE, UCLA

27, Houston — DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

28, Denver — Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

29, Minnesota (trade with New England) — Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

30, St. Louis (trade with Atlanta) — Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

31, Dallas (trade with San Francisco) — Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin

32, Baltimore — Matt Elam, S, Florida

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jaluasa wrote:
Big uglies own the day!!
on April 25,2013 | 04:20PM
1local wrote:
will Edwards be picked before Teo?
on April 25,2013 | 07:41PM
Oahuan wrote:
The Bama game doomed Teo not Lennay.
on April 25,2013 | 06:15PM
jussayin wrote:
Kind of surprising that he wasn't picked in the late first round, although word in the NFL was that the very poor showing against Alabama hurt Te'o's value. Then his poor showing at the combine seemed to confirm that he's not in the elite class. He'll be definitely picked in the second round. It's great that he won all those awards but in a way, it's good that he didn't win the Heisman as he's not THE best college player; still extremely good though. Stay tuned to tomorrow.
on April 25,2013 | 06:20PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
I wish this young man all the best and hope he's has a long and happy career.
on April 25,2013 | 06:22PM
808warriorfan wrote:
It doesn't matter where you're drafted. The main thing is to have a long and successful career. Would you rather be a 6th round draft pick like N.E. Patriot Tom Brady or a 1st round bust like JaMarcus Russell or Ryan Leaf ?????
on April 25,2013 | 06:32PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Joe Montana, one of the greatest.......... 3rd round pick.
on April 25,2013 | 07:23PM
fairgame947 wrote:
He'll show him once he's on the gridiron on Sundays.!!! Go Manti!
on April 25,2013 | 06:40PM
hanalei395 wrote:
With that embarrassing nightmare, it's over. Time heals. He'll be great.
on April 25,2013 | 07:30PM
toad103410 wrote:
This "embarrassing nightmare" is never going away. He will carry around this monkey on his back for the rest of his life. HE will survive this I'm sure. Hope he has a decent NFL career
on April 26,2013 | 11:47AM
joewilly wrote:
The Alabama game hurt him, so did his combine 40. He is still a good football player, just not good enough for the first round. Manti will go in the second round, and from there we will just have to see if he can play in the pros.
on April 25,2013 | 06:40PM
scooters wrote:
Reality set's in. He's thinking now " I had better get my backside in gear" if I'm going to make it in the big leagues.
on April 25,2013 | 07:14PM
builderguy wrote:
Should have played for UH then you wouldn't have to play Bama.
on April 25,2013 | 07:21PM
jussayin wrote:
on April 25,2013 | 07:49PM
pakeheat wrote:
The Alabama game did hurt his chances but you need to realize the teams have certain needs to fulfill first and most of the teams did not have ILB as a need, in fact not one running back was even drafted in the first round also. He will get drafted in the second round. Best of luck Manti, you will succeed if you put your heart and soul into it.
on April 25,2013 | 07:58PM
nippy68 wrote:
after today this should add fuel to his fire. in a sense that whoever picks him, he better be on his game day in and day out.
on April 25,2013 | 08:19PM
HD36 wrote:
Maybe they thought he'd fall for too many trick plays.
on April 25,2013 | 09:54PM
yojimbo wrote:
what's the surprise????? nobody wants a lolo. teo was overrated, like nd was. hope he goes before the last guy. and why are we having a parade for teo and loma, the other guy?? i hope the taxpayers are not paying for this.
on April 26,2013 | 01:43AM
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