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April 27, 2013

Chargers take Manti Te'o in 2nd round of NFL draft

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Te'o said going to the Chargers is "a perfect scenario. My parents can come and watch, I can go home, it's San Diego. We're all excited. I can't be any happier. Just looking forward to getting up there and getting this whole thing started.

"You talk about the Chargers, especially for a Samoan kid like me and you think of Junior Seau and what he did there and the legacy he left behind not only in San Diego but in the NFL," he said, mentioning the Chargers' late star linebacker.

A four-year starter and team captain, Te'o had 113 tackles, seven interceptions — the most ever in a season by a Fighting Irish linebacker — and 1½ sacks in 2012.

Te'o said he's going to be the same player in the pros as he was in college.

"I love the game, first and foremost. I'm a student of the game. I love to study film. I work hard. That's exactly what I'm going to be. I'm not going to change anything."

In the third round, the Chargers took Keenan Allen, California's all-time leading wide receiver, with the 76th pick overall.

The pick was unexpected, but certainly upgrades the position. He had 61 catches for 737 yards and six touchdowns for the Golden Bears last year, when he missed the final three games with a knee injury. He finished with 205 catches in three seasons. His 2,570 career yards were third in school history.

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