2013 NFL Combine

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is still being viewed by several teams as a first-round selection in next week’s NFL draft, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen (via SI.com and rotoworld).

From Mortensen:

“At least half the teams in this league have solid first-round grades on Te’o. I have heard ‘undersized’ a bit. (But) most teams do see that he’s going to go somewhere in the first round.”

Te’o, who ran a disappointing 4.82 in the 40-yard dash at the combine, has been in the headlines since the National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama after a being the focus of a hoax involving a fake girlfriend. In a recent mock draft at NFL.com, Te’o was projected to go as early as 20th to the Bears and as late as 25th to the Vikings.