At points during his Senior season, Manti Te’o was projected as the 1st pick in the NFL Draft. After a poor performance against Alabama, girlfriend hoax and slow 40 at the NFL Draft, Te’o began to fall on the draft board of many teams. But, experts still believed that the Notre Dame star would be selected in the first round.
Every time a team came up who needed a Middle Linebacker such as Chicago, Minnesota and Baltimore, they declined to take him. Minnesota passed on the Heisman Runner-up three times. Former Notre Dame players and current Minnesota Vikings stars Harrison Smith and Kyle Rudolph told NBCSports Sideline report Alex Flannigan that they thought the Vikings would select Te’o if he was there but that he probably would not be on the board. Both men turned out to be wrong.
Going into the second day, Mel Kiper Jr. has Manti Te’o as his best available player. He should not last long but he was not expected to even be here. Te’o probably does not get past the New York Jets with the 38th overall pick. Possible landing spots could be the Eagles, Lions, Bengals and Jets.
Te’o is not the 1st Notre Dame player to fall in recent memory. Quarterback Brady Quinn and Jimmy Clausen were expected to be high picks but fell to the late first round and second round respectively.