It took longer than Manti Te’o likely expected, but the former Notre Dame linebacker’s name was finally called.
Te’o was drafted by the San Diego Chargers as the sixth pick (38th pick overall) in the second round of the NFL Draft after being passed over in the opening round on Thursday, April 25.
“The most instinctive and productive linebacker in the draft, we thought,” Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said of Te’o on the team’s website. “We felt if we really wanted him, we were going to have to go get him. So that’s what we did.”
It’s been a tumultuous off-season for Te’o, who struggled in the national championship loss to Alabama in January. Just weeks later, Te’o confirmed that his dead girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, was a hoax, followed by a mediocre NFL Combine performance.
Te’o’s draft stock fell slightly after those events, but most analysts still expected the linebacker to be selected late in the first round by the Bears, Vikings or Ravens.
Fellow Irish grad Tyler Eifert was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals as the 21st pick overall on Thursday.