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Te'o goes to San Diego Chargers in second round of NFL draft

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:57 p.m. HST, Apr 26, 2013

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was selected by the San Diego Chargers in today's second round of the National Football League draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handed former Chargers defensive back Jim Hill the card to make the announcement, Goodell said, “You’re going to get a big cheer when you announce this pick.” It was more a mix of surprise and recognition of the most talked-about player in the draft finally finding a landing spot at No. 38 overall.

The Chargers traded with Arizona Cardinals to get the 38th pick and land Te'o.

"I did expect to go in the first round," Te'o said. "But things happened and all it did was give me more motivation."

Te'o, a star linebacker at Notre Dame and a Heisman Trophy finalist, was projected to be selected in Thursday's 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 Thursday'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.

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, a 2009 Punahou School graduate from Laie, 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 a fake 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.

The draft continues today with the second and third rounds. 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.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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UhhDuhh wrote:
Congratulations young man. Probably cannot wait until the Chargers play the Vikings.
on April 26,2013 | 01:56PM
joewilly wrote:
Great fit. That's the best place for him. Junior Seau will be watching, don't screw up.
on April 26,2013 | 02:00PM
blackmurano wrote:
Where was Manti Teo when his selection was announced being drafted by the San Diego Chargers? He and his family or friends was no where to be found - on live ESPN NFL draft television anyway. Gino Smith, who like Teo, was bypassed in the first round, but Gino showed up smiling. Where was "Teo?" Probably pist off that he was bypassed in the first round. I just don't know why i am posting this on a kid who once was invited to the University of Hawaii campus for a look-see at our Warrior football program - He just snubbed his own State University for that courtesy. So who cares whether he gets drafted or not. . .
on April 26,2013 | 02:00PM
pakeheat wrote:
So who cares what you think, congrats to Manti and best of luck
on April 26,2013 | 02:23PM
jimbone wrote:
on April 26,2013 | 05:32PM
joewilly wrote:
You have a point. NFL Network sent their reporter Alex Flanagan to Laie to get Manti's reaction. As of 2:30 pm, he has not done ONE live interview. His father has a lot of influence (too much) on the boy, and I think he and the family are still upset with the national media. Relax daddy!! You going get paid too.
on April 26,2013 | 02:33PM
RTWONG wrote:
Sour Grapes Again, they do what they want to do, NOT YOU
on April 27,2013 | 12:22PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Who cares if you care because the friends and families of Manti are the ones that care and counts and life goes on without people like you. If you knew what transpired about Manti not being at the NFL draft in New York, you wouldn't be asking ignorant questions and besides, it shouldn't matter to you cause you don't care about Manti And so, if you have no facts about why he wasn't there at the draft, you should stop spitting out comments that shows how ignorant you are. People like you don't need an explanation as to why he chose Notre Dame over UH or didn't appear at the draft.
on April 26,2013 | 02:33PM
jcjr wrote:
Manti was where he should be on draft day, home in Hawaii celebrating with friends and family. Local boys don't need to be prima donnas showing up on ESPN. I felt sorry for Gino! Anyway, what a great place for a local Polynesian to end up. San Diego is a great place for Manti and I'm sure that he will be a great NFL linebacker. They need another Seau and it would be awesome if Manti can step up and continue the legacy left by a great Samoan player. Good luck and God bless!
on April 26,2013 | 02:35PM
busterb wrote:
Those guys can go celebrate in their suits and champagne fancy dinners... how can you beat spending the rest of the day in Laie and hitting the beach with family and friends?! Congrats Manti.
on April 26,2013 | 03:24PM
GooglyMoogly wrote:
Please. With the wringer that Manti has been put through in the media since the end of football season, it would be wise of him to make his first appearance standing with his new team. You just keep playing the part of the sand crab in the bucket, loser.
on April 26,2013 | 03:25PM
mcc wrote:
What is your problem? He is a fine young man and represents Hawaii well.
on April 26,2013 | 06:23PM
mcc wrote:
This is for blackmurano he is a loser
on April 26,2013 | 07:30PM
RTWONG wrote:
Sour Grapes, WHY? This Guy deserve all the good fortune that comes to him.
on April 27,2013 | 12:19PM
joewilly wrote:
Great fit. Thats the best place for him. Junior Seau will be watching. Don't mess up.
on April 26,2013 | 02:00PM
inverse wrote:
Agreed. San Diego fans and the Chargers team want so desperately for a player to fill the shoes of Junior Seau and Teo reminds people the most of Seau. Teo controls his own destiny whether he thrives or struggles as a professional football player. I hope he is successful but the best thing he can do is dump his facebook, twitter and any other social media accounts and stick with only a new cell phone number and answer phone calls to only close friends, family and his team organization. Learn to keep his private life PRIVATE.
on April 26,2013 | 02:22PM
64hoo wrote:
because manti teo speed is not fast enough for middle linebacker I feel san diego chargers will put him at outside linebacker which job is to guard against tight ends.
on April 26,2013 | 02:02PM
Radley wrote:
OLBs — who are generally expected to be faster than MLBs — are also responsible for chasing down QBs and running backs.
on April 26,2013 | 02:52PM
busterb wrote:
Best Served Cold!
on April 26,2013 | 03:25PM
lowtone123 wrote:
First there was Seau, now there is Te'o.
on April 26,2013 | 02:02PM
pakeheat wrote:
Hmmmmmmm, I wonder if this was planned?
on April 26,2013 | 02:24PM
inverse wrote:
No other team wanted to risk Teo's lackluster combine stats and his emotional baggage EXCEPT San Diego that everyone in that town wants to see Teo follow in the footsteps of Seau. For Chargers fans, they are willing overlook the Lennay episode and drubbing he took in the Alabama game if he can make a positive impact for the Chargers. Teo has big shoes to fill high expectations for his performance. Hope he does well. Teo's father is going overboard in keeping a watchful eye on his son and maybe that is good thing which is what his son needs right now to keep him on a straight and narrow path. I have no problem with Reardon saying the father has a grudge on the SA in granting interviews for his son. Sound good to me. The less Teo talks in public the BETTER he will be in the long run. Someone else says Teo will ink a deal on a "funny" commercial for Teo on a dating website. Again sounds good, no talking off the cuff, just controlled exposure in a humorous light. Some of the Zoosk and Eharmony commericals are hilarious, like the dart thrower who throws a dart into a guy standing next to the dartboard or that old Eharmony founder interjecting himself between two people who are meeting to get to know each other for the first time.
on April 26,2013 | 02:47PM
inverse wrote:
PS. With Seau's tragic death in committing suicide and later finding out that he had serious brain injuries probably due to playing in the NFL and contributing to his suicide, Chargers fans want to see a happy ending to the story in which Teo's success in the NFL is somehow like the Phoenix rising from the ashes and the spirit of the Seau had been transferred to Teo. Yes, this is sappy however guarantee if Teo does well in San Diego, this story will be pushed bigtime giving the Chargers a welcomed publicity boost.
on April 26,2013 | 03:02PM
MS7 wrote:
Congrats Manti! You will do fine with the chargers!
on April 26,2013 | 02:19PM
BonDancr wrote:
Good Luck, Manti, you will make Hawaii so proud!!!!!
on April 26,2013 | 02:26PM
localguy wrote:
Manti now has the opportunity of a lifetime if he plays his cards right. Junior Seau was one of the best Chargers Defense players ever. When on the field the offense was always asking, "Where is Junior." Lets see if Manti can follow in Junior's footsteps and also work to earn a reputation on the field all will remember. Go for it Manti, this is your chance to make a dream come true. We'll all be watching you.
on April 26,2013 | 02:45PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Perfect fit. I was hoping maybe Seattle, but any West Coast team ilk do. Now to live up to the Legend Seau!
on April 26,2013 | 03:00PM
jussayin wrote:
For a Heisman runner up, second round is a bit disappointing. But Teo will have his chance to play. As far as media coverage, Teo's dad refuses to allow SA to talk to them. LOL.
on April 26,2013 | 03:40PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Te'o should probably open the door to Reardon of the SA, but keep as far away as he can from Lewis. The Te'os should definitely avoid being linked too closely with Curran and Dickman. Being associated with them can mean sports purgatory. Look what;s happened to UH.
on April 26,2013 | 04:14PM
joewilly wrote:
Totally agree. Throw in Artie Wilson too, he's another phony. Bobby Curran is the most irritating, arrogant, phony, S.O.B. in the history of sports in Hawaii.
on April 26,2013 | 04:23PM
Hank13 wrote:
Only thing phony about Wilson is his hairpiece. The rest is pure BS razz ma tazz.
on April 26,2013 | 04:37PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
That's an intriguing comment about Curran, Dickman and UH. Can you provide some details? Thanks.
on April 26,2013 | 04:30PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
at least he is closer to ronaiah now
on April 26,2013 | 04:12PM
pakeheat wrote:
ronaiah who?
on April 26,2013 | 05:08PM
kahuku01 wrote:
IRTmistah & hanabatadayz: This is all about Manti's draft day and being drafted by the Chargers and congratulations and wish him the best. And for the both of you, you've displayed no class and you both are sick in the head when you keep on bringing up Lenay and Roaiah. Enough already, put it in the past cause we're tired of hearing all that cr^p from idiots like you. If you can't say anything nice, shut up cause we don't need to read the past. At least have some courtesy and respect cause I don't think he has done any wrong to you.
on April 26,2013 | 06:25PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
sorry you are so thick skinned..relax buddy..obviously you can't take a joke
on April 26,2013 | 08:47PM
BTO wrote:
Do they have an L&L in San Diego? Hawaii is behind you Manti!
on April 26,2013 | 04:28PM
localguy wrote:
Yes, San Diego has many L&Ls so he will survive.
on April 26,2013 | 05:40PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Everyone is invited to the Saturday 4pm parade for Manti & Robby starting at Hauula Beach Park, then on to Kahuku and ending up at 5pm in Laie Park where Jr Ah You and Tita's Grill is bbqing 1,000 lbs of chicken for a FREE community potluck with comedy by Augie T. ....................everyone one is invited.......come broke da mouth and do some heavy grinds.
on April 26,2013 | 04:58PM
kahuku01 wrote:
Except for those that have been throwing him under the bus. We don't need those sick people to be here in Laie.
on April 26,2013 | 06:28PM
Kapaho wrote:
Work hard Manti and prove that you belong in the NFL.
on April 26,2013 | 06:46PM
Peacenik wrote:
congrats, Manti.
on April 26,2013 | 07:43PM
alohachef wrote:
If ESPN or any media types want to see the true Manti Te'o go to Lai'e tomorrow and witness how this fine young man honors and recognizes the people who believed and supported him through his highs and lows. It's called PRIDE! The thing that stands out about Manti is that he knows who he is, where he's from, and where he is going. It is because of this that he recognizes how much the community supports him and how much they expect of him. To all the naysayers, critics, skeptics, and just plain fools who make assumptions and accusations about his character, go to Lai'e and experience how much he loves his community and how much they love him as well. See first hand why he is who he is. To Manti, congratulations on being drafted by the Chargers. Keep being humble, keep believing in your faith, and keep that fire burning.
on April 26,2013 | 08:27PM
aomohoa wrote:
So don't post . Your opinion is not appreciated.
on April 26,2013 | 08:35PM
niimi wrote:
Was this planned so that Manti could play near to where Roniah lives?
on April 26,2013 | 08:57PM
inverse wrote:
This is NOT the story of Romeo and Juliet. It is clear from what has already happened It would be a disaster if Teo tried to both make a career in the NFL AND live his personal life in the way he really wants to live it. NFL sounds like the ultimate career however the physical beating most take including receiving permanent brain damage like Junior Seau and other serious health problems from constant hard collisions might not be worth it. Very soon everyone will know whether Teo has his heart in making it in the NFL or his heart is with someone else. My opnion is focus 100% of his life making it in the NFL and ZERO percent personal life, then leave the NFL when wants to or has to due to injury or lack of performance ( has to be zero percent due to 'special' circumstances). What is the saying if two people where meant to be together despite time or distance apart, eventually they be together in the end.
on April 27,2013 | 05:28AM