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Irish Fans react to Manti Te'o being drafted in second round of NFL draft


Manti Te'o was selected Friday night in the 2nd round of the NFL Draft.  He was picked 38th overall by the San Diego Chargers.

Across Michiana football fans spent their Friday night watching the second round of the NFL draft.  The same thing they did Thursday night, watching to see where former Irish linebacker Manti Te'o would end up.  Jack Salter said, "he's a Notre Dame guy just want to see him go in the first round like Tyler did."  And Notre Dame Alum Blake Garside said, "we were expecting him to go between 20 and 30 "

But when that didn't happen Salter said, "I was a little disappointed but not too surprised."  Garside said, "disappointed, very disappointed "

So what caused Te'o to trip into the second round?  His performance in the National Championship game where Notre Dame lost to Alabama 42 to 14? His slow 40 yard dash at the NFL combine?  Or the girlfriend hoax?  The football fans we talked with think it was all performance based.  William Fields said, "his performance in the National Championship game, it was a lot of pressure but those are the types of games he's gonna have to deal with.  it just wasn't a great showing on his part."  Salter said, "he didn't run well at the combine and they were saying his speed was questionable. "  Thomas Jones said, "they're looking for talent and regardless of the publicity and the weird stuff they're still going to go for the players they think can make an impact."

Before the second round of the draft started Friday night, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly appeared on NFL Network.  He said Te'o was somewhat disappointed about not going in the first round.  "He want to play in the NFL he wants to impact a football team, he's gonna get that opportunity in a very short period of time," said Kelly.   

He would be right.  Early in the second round came the news Te'o supporters were waiting for.
Former Chargers player Jim Hill announced, "with the 36th selection in the NFL draft The San  Diego Chargers proudly select Manti Te'o linebacker Notre Dame"

Fans were happy to see Te'o finally taken off the board.  Applause erupted at O'Rourkes on Eddy Street.  "That's cool I thought he would go pretty quick in the second round, said Jones, the Chargers got him and they really need help."

Some Lions and Bears fans were hoping Te'o land in Detroit or Chicago. But the Notre Dame Alumni Club of San Diego tweeted Friday night that they're looking forward to having Manti in town.

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