The Chargers jump up to take Manti Te'o

Manti Te'o is off the board!

4/26/13 in NFL   |   droth   |   127 respect

After a tumultuous offseason and a slide down the mock drafts, Manti Te'o can finally relax...for now.

Mar 26, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish former player Manti Te'o participates in drills during Notre Dame pro day at the Loftus Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY SportsThe San Diego Chargers traded up to the 38th pick to grab Te'o, who can be the captain of the defense for years to come.  Te'o isn't an elite athlete -- as we saw in the draft combine -- but he understands the game and has great instincts.  He'll know where the ball is and he can drop back into coverage.

The Chargers needed to fill a hole at linebacker with Takeo Spikes leaving following 2012.  San Diego has a talented young linebacker in Donald Butler and Te'o will add depth and versatility at the position. 

The Chargers traded the Arizona Cardinals the No. 45 overall pick and the No. 110 overall pick in order to move up seven spots and snag Te'o.
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4/26/13   |   Wards_Page   |   248 respect

The Mantise. Stay classy San Diego.