Notre Dame’s most valued offensive and defensive stars from this past near perfect season have found their new homes. Tyler Eifert, Mackey Award winner for the nation's top tight end, will join the Cincinnati Bengals as Manti Te’o, Heisman runner-up turned spectacle, will suit up for the Chargers in San Diego.
Te’o became the most talked about player of the draft class after garnishing unwanted attention for his 2012 season skid to the finish line. The rock of Notre Dame’s stout defense was found to have had a Facebook and telephone relationship with a man pretending to be a women by the name of Lennay KeKua. Te’o was subject to intense public shame after thero media coverage of the hoax and questions about his National BCS Championship play. The NFL like lineman of Alabama seemed to handle Te’o who had minimal impact.
Te’o was selected 38th overall, 6th in the second round, and ESPN reported him saying, "I did expect to go in the first round, but things happened and all it did was give me more motivation."
The Hawaiian-born star was then ecstatic about his new team and said, "It's a perfect scenario. My parents can come and watch, I can go home, it's San Diego. We're all excited. I can't be any happier."
San Diego provides a perfect fit for Te’o as their scheme will give the slightly undersized linebacker more freedom to roam instead of taking on constant blocks. San Diego’s general manager Tom Telesco explained, "We did a lot of work on Te'o and I've seen him for a number of years. He loves football. He's passionate about it. He loves to practice. He loves to play."
Notre Dame’s all time leader in catches and yards for a tight end, Tyler Eifert, had little expectation but ended up the first at his position taken in the draft.
IrishIllustrated.com reported that when asked if his selection at 21st came as a shock, Eifert responded, “No, I wasn't surprised. I was told all along that there is no way to tell where you're going to go or who you're going to go to so I was just staying positive throughout the whole thing and trying to enjoy it. I'm happy to be a part of the organization and for the opportunity."
Notre Dame’s offensive standout Tyler Eifert will be greatly missed. The All-American managed to have an outstanding championship performance despite the team's poor showing.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said, “This is such an exciting time for Tyler and his family. He was faced with a difficult decision following his junior season whether or not to return to school. Tyler returned for his senior season and that decision was rewarded today. He proved to be the best tight end in college football, solidified himself as a first-round draft pick and, most importantly, earned his degree from the University of Notre Dame."
Notre Dame runningback Theo Ridick, defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore and safety Jamoris Slaughter were also drafted and each taken in the 6th round.