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NFL Draft Day One Update: Te'o not selected, Eifert to the Bengals


All 32 NFL teams made their first round picks Thursday night and not one of them was Manti Te'o.

Despite concerns over his combine performance,  a poor showing in the BCS National Championship Game, and off-field issues, many draft experts felt the Notre Dame star linebacker would still be selected in the first round. However, it did not happen and he will have to wait for to hear his name called in the next few days of the draft.

Meanwhile, former ND tight end Tyler Eifert, was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 21st pick overall. Eifert was the 2012 Mackey Award winner, an accolade given to the nation's best collegiate tight end each year, and voted as an All-American by many national media outlets.

"This is such an exciting time for Tyler and his family," Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said in a release from Notre Dame. "He was faced with a difficult decision following his junior season whether or not to return to school. Tyler returned for his senior season and that decision was rewarded today. He proved to be the best tight end in college football, solidified himself as a first-round draft pick and, most importantly, earned his degree from the University of Notre Dame."

Eifert joins a team with a lot of other options for Pro-Bowl Quarterback Andy Dalton to chose from. Cincinnati already has a Pro-Bowl tight end on their roster with Jermaine Gresham, who ironically was also selected with the 21st pick in the first round in 2010.

Other star college players not selected in the first round include quarterbacks Matt Barkley, USC, and Geno Smith, West Virginia.

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