Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 2/38 - Manti Te'o, ILB, 6-1, 241, Notre Dame...With a glaring hole at inside linebacker, the Chargers likely found someone to start opposite Donald Butler. Did Te'o's off-field distractions cause him to drop to the second round? Maybe, and the Chargers couldn't be happier. - The Sports Xchange
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04/29/13 - A closer look at the Chargers' picks: Round 2/38 - Manti Te'o, ILB, 6-1, 241, Notre Dame...With a glaring hole at inside linebacker, the Chargers likely found someone to start opposite Donald Butler. Did Te'o's off-field distractions cause him to drop to the second round? Maybe, and the Chargers couldn't be happier. - The Sports Xchange
04/29/13 - First-year general manager Tom Telesco didn't hesitate making the trade with Atlanta with Te'o still on the board. "We thought, on our defense, we were missing that other inside linebacker," he said. "Te'o can step in. We thought he was the most instinctive and productive linebacker in the draft. He's going to fit in excellent with our 3-4 defense with how we're going to play our linebackers. He's going to complement Donald Butler really well. We thought in order to get him we had to be aggressive and go up and do it." - The Sports Xchange
04/29/13 - The Chargers filled a void at inside linebacker by drafting Te'o in the second round at No. 38 overall. To get Te'o, a Heisman Trophy finalist last season, the team swapped second-round picks and surrendered its fourth-round pick, No. 114 overall, to Arizona and moved up seven spots. "It's a perfect scenario," Te'o said. "My parents can come and watch, I can go home, it's San Diego. We're all excited. I can't be any happier. Just looking forward to getting up there and getting this whole thing started." - The Sports Xchange
04/29/13 - Inside linebacker Manti Te'o knows he arrives in San Diego with a back story that few players have ever had after being duped by a fake girlfriend during his time at Notre Dame. But Te'o just shrugs, saying he doesn't worry about it. "I can't control what people say," he said. Honestly, I don't pay too much attention to that." - The Sports Xchange
04/28/13 - The general consensus before the draft was the Vikings were targeting Notre Dame middle linebacker Manti Te'o with either the 23rd or 25th picks in the first round. But despite a need at middle linebacker and an infatuation with Notre Dame players, the Vikings passed on Te'o with both of their scheduled picks and again when they traded back into the first round to take Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson 29th overall. General manager Rick Spielman stopped a reporter who said it was "obvious" the Vikings had no interest in Te'o all along. "I wouldn't say we didn't have interest," Spielman said. "I would say Te'o is an extremely talented football player who is going to have a great NFL career."
Te'o finally was taken in the second round, 38th overall, by the Chargers. "After being around Te'o, he's an even better person than a football player," Spielman said. "It just didn't work out, but we were able to get some significant needs filled with some players on our board who we felt were very talented. I don't have any question in my mind that Manti Te'o is going to be a heck of a football player in the NFL." - The Sports Xchange