Te'o, the linebacker who wowed fans at Notre Dame, finishing second in voting for the Heisman trophy, and then became the subject of fascination as the victim of a catfishing hoax.
But Te'o's draft disappointment almost certainly came as a result of a disappointing finish to his college career and an unimpressive showing in front of the scouts.
Te'o struggled in the BCS championship against Alabama against a line of future pros and ran a slow 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard-dash at the NFL scouting combine.
Although Te'o was a star among college football fans, playing All-American and led the defense of Notre Dame's undefeated season, he became a household name in January when it was revealed the girlfriend who supposedly died of cancer was a phony who tricked Te'o into an online relationship.
Te'o was considered a likely late first-round or early-second round pick going into Thursday's draft.
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