Manti Te'o Free Falls out of 1st Round

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IApril 26, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 23: Manti Te'o of Notre Dame speaks to the media during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 23, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Manti Te'o made a wise decision to abstain from going to New York for the 2013 NFL draft. 

One of the most decorated players in college football history, Te'o didn't hear his named called in the first round. 

There were a few teams in need of an inside linebacker that could have drafted him, namely the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens. 

All three teams opted to pick other players, however, and Te'o will have to wait at least until Friday to find out which NFL team he'll be playing for in 2013. 

This development is a bit of a surprise, but it's not as shocking as it would be had you missed out on any news the past few months. 

Before the 2013 BCS Championship Game, Te'o was thought to be a potential top-10 pick, but his stock took a dramatic tumble after the infamous "Catfish" scandal that victimized the former Golden Domer. 

Then Te'o failed to impress scouts at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.82-second 40 that didn't impress Ravens head coach John Harbaugh. 

Te'o isn't a first-round pick, but that doesn't preclude him from having a stellar NFL career.

The Heisman finalist is an instinctive player with underrated athleticism, excellent instincts, great vision and a love for the game of football. He will likely be an instant starter for the team that ends up drafting him.

He will do well on a team that features a beefy front line, as Te'o struggles to shed blocks on running plays. He is an excellent player when he can flow to the ball, as his vision and instincts shine through.

Speaking of teams that could draft him, the Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, New York Giants and Green Bay Packers are a few franchises to keep an eye on in Round 2. 

This development will undoubtedly sting Te'o's pride, but perhaps it will propel him to greatness in the years to come. 

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