Report: Manti Te'o turned down invites to attend 2013 NFL Draft

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Manti Te'o runs the 40-yard dash at his Notre Dame pro day. (USATSI)
Te'o's 40 was much better at his Notre Dame pro day. (USATSI)

Manti Te'o completed his pro day at Notre Dame on Tuesday and the results were pretty good, potentially vaulting him into a first-round lock when the 2013 NFL Draft rolls around.

But "potentially" isn't enough to convince Te'o to attend the draft in New York City. According to Ian Rapoport of, Te'o has already turned down two invitations to attend the 2013 NFL Draft.

It's hard to blame Te'o for avoiding New York over draft weekend like the plague.

The Big Apple becomes a NFL zoo, with players standing on buildings, questions and interviews galore and, most importantly, a three-day televised event watched by the whole world.

A worst-case scenario for Te'o involves him not being picked in the first round and having not just a Thursday-night's worth of cameras on him for three or so hours, but an additional day of speculation leading up to Friday's second round.

Even if he went No. 1 overall, the television coverage of Te'o leading up to the draft would be brutal. And seeing Te'o go in the first round is the likely scenario, but it's far from guaranteed.

He'll still be prominently mentioned. (Don't even get me started on what will happen on Twitter once he's shown on camera answering his phone.) And Te'o will still very much be a major storyline.

But he's wise to make sure that the cameras don't have a chance to key in on him during an awkward green room hangout.

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