Manti Te'o Picked by Chargers Notre Dame linebacker was victim of girlfriend hoax By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Apr 26, 2013 6:36 PM CDT 10 comments Comments In this Feb. 25 photo, Manti Te'o runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) (Newser) – A second-round pick in the NFL draft might be getting more attention than any player who went in the first round. That's because it's Manti Te'o, the former Notre Dame linebacker caught up in the bizarre girlfriend-who-didn't exist hoax from earlier this year. The San Diego Chargers traded up a few spots to pick Te'o this evening, reports the local Union-Tribune. Te'o dropped into the second round not because of the scandal but because he didn't play so well in the championship game against Alabama, reports ESPN.