Chargers draft Manti Te'o with 38th pick

April 26, 2013|By Sam Farmer

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The San Diego Chargers don’t typically get a big reaction from the crowd at Radio City Music Hall, but there was a roar — Cheers? Boos? — when the team selected controversial Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o with the sixth pick of the second round.

The Chargers are in need of linebackers, both inside and outside, and Te’o was runner-up to last year's Heisman Trophy. He had a horrible national championship game against Alabama, though, turned in slow times at the combine and was dogged by the fake-dead-girlfriend scandal.

Te'o intercepted seven passes and made 111 tackles (49 solos) last year. He won the Bronko Nagurski Award and the Maxwell Award.

In an L.A. twist, it was CBS sports anchor Jim Hill who announced the pick from the podium, because the league had retired players announcing the picks of their former teams.


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