While the dust has mostly settled on Manti Te'o's fake online girlfriend saga, the former Notre Dame linebacker and Heisman Trophy finalist is not anxious to have his media presence extend beyond taking a real phone call from the NFL team that drafts him.
Te'o is opting out of television cameras monitoring his every movement on draft day, turning down two invitations to wait for his selection in the NFL Draft Green Room in Radio City Music Hall, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Rapoport adds that Te'o's camp may have considered having him come to New York if he was certain to be a top-10 pick, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
Te'o's stock has dropped since he ran a disappointing 4.82 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February. His slightly improved time Tuesday at Notre Dame's Pro Day isn't likely to improve his stock or make teams on the fence take the 6-foot-1, 241-pounder early in the first round.
Te'o's representatives know full well how easily the NFL Draft Green Room can become a den of disappointment in front of a leering national television audience, with notable examples being Aaron Rodgers in 2005 and Brady Quinn in 2007.