Yesterday afternoon Manti Te’o worked out at the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium with the linebackers group and seriously impressed YouWager expert by running the 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds.
The 22 year-old was 20th of the 26 linebackers who ran at the combine Monday. Missouri Tigers Zaviar Gooden ran a 4.47, the fastest time among the linebackers.
Te’o was part of five of the seven drills, opting out of the bench press and 60-yard shuttle, and was not able to finish ranked among the top five at his position in any of them.
The Hawaii native’s vertical jump was 33 inches, far below Southern Mississippi’s Jamie Collins’ positional best of 41½. Hejumped 113 inches in the broad jump and finished the three-cone drill in 7.13 seconds, well off the pace set by Gooden (6.71). The 6 ft 1 in player completed the 20-yard shuttle in 4.27 seconds, again behind Gooden’s 4.18.
NFL front office personnel were looking for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker. Now, Te’o is possibly going to be subject to further scrutiny after his disappointing results in the 40.
Even though it’s usual for every player’s athleticism to come under scrutiny at the combine, Te’o was something else. GMs and coaches wanted to see the LB would perform not only after his poor showing in the Discover BCS National Championship versus the Alabama Crimson Tide, but also after the revelation in January that he was the focus of a complex hoax involving a fake girlfriend.