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Manti Te'o is a player whose current draft stock has been spiraling downward, ever since his dismal performance in the BCS Championship Game against Alabama this season.
Te'o looked bleak and bland to say the least, as his Fighting Irish were dominated by the Crimson Tide on national television.
Te'o was part of a defense that allowed 28 first downs and 529 total yards of offense by the Tide, after he was hailed as the center of a hard-hitting defense all season long.
Then came the Deadspin article that everyone now knows so much about; then the interview with Katie Couric and his family afterward.
For those of you who don't know, it was discovered that Te'o was "catfished," meaning that he fell for someone online who turned out to be someone else. In this case, the woman that Te'o thought was real and had fallen in love with, turned out to be a man.
This wouldn't be that big of a story, except for the fact that Te'o believed she had died, and was very open with the media all season long about how much he loved her, and that he was playing for her all season long.
When it came out that she was fake, Te'o's draft stock took another hit. Even if he was telling the truth and was not in on the hoax whatsoever, it still hurts his draft stock. Certain teams won't bring in players who will be a distraction the second they walk into the locker room; meaning, he was immediately crossed off the list of some teams in the NFL.
Forbes released an article describing how Te'o stock could be affected negatively because of this, potentially costing him millions of dollars in the process.
Even without all of the media coverage he's been getting, Te'o's draft stock still continues to fall since his performance in the championship game. If he doesn't do well at the combine, he may see himself fall past the first round, and it would be foolish of the Bears to waste a first-round pick on him.