Te'o runs 4.82 in 40-yard dash at combine
Manti Te'o went through workouts at the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium with the linebacker group Monday afternoon, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds. His time was 20th of the 26 linebackers who ran at the combine Monday.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Manti Te'o went through workouts at the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium with the linebackers group Monday afternoon, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds.
His time was 20th of the 26 linebackers who ran at the combine Monday. Missouri's Zaviar Gooden ran a 4.47, the fastest time among the linebackers.
Te'o participated in five of the seven drills, opting out of the bench press and 60-yard shuttle, and did not finish ranked among the top five at his position in any of them.
His vertical jump was 33 inches, far below Southern Mississippi's Jamie Collins' positional best of 41ý. Te'o jumped 113 inches in the broad jump. He finished the three-cone drill in 7.13 seconds, well off the pace set by Gooden (6.71). Te'o completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.27 seconds, again behind Gooden's 4.18.
In an interview with the NFL Network, Te'o called the combine an "exhausting process."
"Today was a long, long, long day," he said.
When asked to rate his performance at the combine, he said: "I did OK." He said he expects to better his numbers at Notre Dame's pro day on March 26.
"I can obviously do a lot better," he said. "That's what pro days are for."
NFL front office personnel were looking for the Notre Dame linebacker, who measured at 6-foot-1ý and 241 pounds, to run at least a sub 4.75.
After facing a media onslaught Saturday, Te'o faced the people who mattered most Monday: NFL general managers, coaches and scouts. He'll likely be subject to further scrutiny after his disappointing results in the 40.
While every player's athleticism comes under scrutiny at the combine, Te'o drew the most attention. GMs and coaches wanted to see how Te'o would perform not only after his poor showing in the Discover BCS National Championship against Alabama, but also after the revelation in January that he was the focus of an elaborate hoax involving a fake girlfriend.
ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay has Te'o at No. 20 in his top 32. In his most recent mock draft, Mel Kiper Jr. had Te'o going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 13.
McShay's most recent mock draft had Te'o going to the Chicago Bears at No. 20.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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