The San Diego Chargers spent both their second-round pick and their fourth-round pick on former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o. And they think they got a steal.
When Te’o was still available with the Cardinals on the clock at pick No. 38, the Chargers packaged their second-round pick (No. 45) and their fourth-round pick (No. 110) to move up and draft him. Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco said he has no doubt that was the right call.
“He’s a first-round player for us,” Telesco said. “He was one of the best college players in America last year and we think he’s going to be a great fit for us. . . . When you have a guy rated that’s a first-round player at a position we could use a player, to sit and wait and if he goes off a pick before us, there’s no worse feel in the world. We thought the value was there as far as giving up that pick to go get him.”
Te’o agrees with Telesco’s assessment: Te’o thought he should have been a first-round pick, too.
“I expected to go in the first round, but things happened,” Te’o said. “All it did was give me more motivation to get better.”