Te’o was the 38th overall pick in the draft. The Chargers traded their original second round pick and their fourth round selection to move up in the draft in order to select Te’o. Over an impressive four years at Notre Dame, Te’o amassed over 400 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and 7 interceptions. He finished as the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy this past year as well as winning several prestigious awards at the best defensive player in college football.
However, Te’o has battled his share of controversy in recent months. After his Notre Dame team played in the BCS Championship Game, it was revealed that Te’o’s girlfriend, who had reportedly died after a car accident, wasn’t real. Te’o had dedicated the majority of his senior season to the memory of her. The hoax was eventually revealed to be the work of an acquaintance. Despite reports that Te’o knew about the hoax as he continued to lie about his dead girlfriend, Te’o claims he wasn’t sure it was a hoax until after the identity fraud was initially revealed.