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.