NFL Draft 2013: First Round: The first round of the NFL draft 2013, in New York’s Radio City Music Hall, delivered an enormous portion of beef, with 18 teams devouring linemen from the opening pick of offensive tackle Eric Fisher by Kansas City to center Travis Frederick by Dallas at No. 31.
But perhaps the biggest story of the first round was Teo’s name not being called by Commissioner Roger Goodell during the 3-hour, 33-minute session Thursday night.
Te’o, the All-America linebacker from Notre Dame, became a tabloid sensation in January with revelations that the girlfriend who supposedly died during the season was actually a hoax. But what may have hurt his draft status most was his poor play in the national title game loss to Alabama, and his slow 40-yard dash time at the NFL combine.
Dane Brugler, senior analyst for CBSSports.com’s NFLDraftScout.com, says Te’o “is arguably the top defensive player still available after the first round.”
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Te’o wasn’t the only big-name player who will have to wait until Friday’s second round. West Virginia’s Geno Smith was expected to be taken, but instead the only quarterback picked was Florida State’s EJ Manuel by Buffalo with the 16th spot, acquired in a trade with St. Louis. It was the lowest the first QB was taken since 2000, when Chad Pennington went 18th to the Jets.
The Bills, of course, are optimistic about Manuel.
Sources: CBS News | Yahoo Sports