Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/16/13
The rumor-mill known as Deadspin dropped a bombshell of a story when they reported that Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and the inspiring tale of him playing through the death of his cancer-riddled girlfriend was actually a hoax. Not only was the story a hoax, they claim the so-called girlfriend never existed at all. This comes just a couple of weeks after Alabama’s thrashing of Notre Dame in the National Championship Game and the real beginning of 2013 NFL Draft speculation. Will this shocking story have an effect on the draft value of Te’o? Prior to Deadspin’s mind-blowing story on Wednesday, one of ESPN’s draft experts, Mel Kiper Jr. published his first NFL Mock Draft. Kiper doesn’t always know what he’s talking about, but he’s usually pretty close. Kiper had the Notre Dame linebacker with “elite athleticism” and “elite intangibles” going 8th overall to the Buffalo Bills in the upcoming draft. If the report is indeed true, you can’t help but think his value will drop a significant amoun
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