Manti Te'o works out Monday at the NFL combine - Joe Robbins
Manti Te'o did not perform poorly Monday at the 2013 NFL combine, but he was not impressive enough to push aside the questions about his judgment, as well as his athleticism.
This was not a good day for Manti Te'o.
Questions have swirled around Te'o ever since the fake girlfriend hoax, and since he played horrendously for Notre Dame in the national championship game against Alabama. Leading up to the 2013 NFL combine most NFL Draft analysts figured that Te'o could put most of those questions about his maturity and judgment to rest by impressing on the field during the scouting combine.
Unfortunately, that isn't what happened. Teo' ran a mediocre 4.82 40-yard dash, which got this reaction from Baltimore Ravens' coach John Harbaugh -- a team that needs a middle linebacker:
Thus, it was a performance that raised more questions about Te'o. Here is some of what was said on Twitter:
Manti Te'o isn't underperforming, he's just not very fast or fluid.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 25, 2013
Teo: If he'd played at Washington or Florida State, this is what he'd be. A medium-skilled guy with agility/trouble shedding blocks.— SC_DougFarrar (@SC_DougFarrar) February 25, 2013
Te'o is getting dinged by a lot of people bc he was unfairly hyped as elite. He's not a bad NFL prospect, just very average in several areas— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) February 25, 2013