“So, please explain to us, why exactly should we take a chance on a kid that was gullible enough to fall for a fake/dead girlfriend hoax, looked completely outmatched against the best team in the country, and ran a 4.81 in the 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine?’. These are the questions that face the agents from the Creative Arts Agency that represent Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o. These questions certainly can’t be satisfied with a simple yes or no answer.
The light at the end of the tunnel that Te’o and his agency had was a head-turning performance at the annual NFL Scouting Combine. If the former Fighting Irish standout could impress coaches and executives enough with athletic ability, they would be able to work with the baggage that was created at the beginning of this calendar year. Earlier this afternoon when Te’o burst off the line to run the 40-yard dash, it became immediately evident that this was not going to happen.
The last thing that Te’o and his representation team needed from pro teams were more questions. And yes, I know that there are still a lot of NFL figures out there that don’t take the 40-yard dash into account. However, on the flip side, there are still some that take it very seriously. I would also have to imagine that with NFL offenses slowly making the transition to spread type offenses, coaches want more speed out of their linebackers.
The representatives from CAA have probably been looking forward to today for quite some time now. As I said before, today’s performance was the potential saving grace. All Manti had to do was get the football world buzzing about his athleticism and their job instantly becomes a little bit easier.
Now, it’s damage control time. Trying to sell Manti Te’o to NFL teams will be one of the toughest jobs in the history of the NFL Draft. Every question asked of them will have to be met with a long, clear, and most importantly, convincing response. Whether or not professional teams will buy into it, that’s another story. But if history has taught us anything, the more Te’o slips in the draft, the better the chance that next football season we’re talking about Manti Te’o, New England Patriots Linebacker. Bill Belichick always has your back.