Focus on Manti Te'o, DJ Fluker at San Diego Chargers rookie minicamp

33 players taking part in camp

SAN DIEGO - Thirty-three players gathered for the San Diego Chargers' first rookie minicamp Friday, but all eyes were on the team's top two draft picks.

Second-round draft choice Manti Te'o, an inside linebacker, was a Heisman Trophy finalist in his final college season and one of the most popular players at Notre Dame.

However, many remember Te'o for the tabloid-ready story of a dead girlfriend he never met and who never actually existed. In fact, the imaginary woman recently made Maxim's "Hot 100" list.

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said Friday, "We're moving on. He's one of ours now and we're going to win a lot of football games with him."

Te'o slipped out of the opening round of the draft in part because of a poor performance in the national championship game against Alabama.

Even with the attention on Te'o's personal life, the Chargers believe he is a good fit for them and the community. Some have even drawn parallels between him and Charger great Junior Seau.

Also taking the field Friday was Alabama offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, the team's first-round pick (11th overall). Many believe Fluker -- at 6-foot-5, 340 pounds and with a size 22 shoe -- could be an intimidating presence for the Bolts.

According to the team, six draft choices, 20 undrafted rookie free agents and seven minicamp tryouts are taking part in the three-day camp at Chargers headquarters.

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