Linebacker Manti Te'o confident hoax won't affect draft stock

Notre Dame linebacker Manti T'eo at a Media Day on January 5, 2013
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Linebacker Manti Te'o hopeful hoax incident won't affect his NFL Draft stock come April.

Linebacker Manti Te'o has revealed that he doesn't believe the fake girlfriend hoax incident will affect his stock in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Te'o was involved in the scandal whereby he was tricked into believing he was in a relationship with a girl from Stanford University who turned out not to be real.

He told reporters: "No, not really. They've told me that they've all just wanted to hear from me what the truth was.

"They haven't really said anything about it affecting me. ... (One team and I) briefly described it for 30 seconds and the next 14 minutes was about plays and getting down to business."

Te'o is expected to be picked in the first round of the Draft, which commences on April 25.


Notre Dame linebacker Manti T'eo at a Media Day on January 5, 2013
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