Subpar Combine Performance by Manti Te’o Not Surprising

By Clyde A. Speller
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The incredible attention that University of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has gotten in the past two months has not ceased. Every little step Te’o took during the NFL Scouting Combine was looked at under a microscope, and his affairs over the past couple of months were constantly a topic of discussion among the media.

The endless barrage of questions, and the grueling schedule that the Heisman Trophy runner-up endured at the combine clearly had an affect on his performance in front of the NFL coaches and scouts. Te’o ran an unimpressive 40-yard dash time of 4.82 seconds, had a broad jump of 9-feet, 5-inches and recorded a 33-inch vertical jump.

Te’o didn’t participate in the bench press due to a stinger in his right shoulder that he is rehabbing.

Despite losing his footing while running one of the passer drills, the First-team All-American did look sharp in the shuttle drills and showed good hands in catching the ball.

After his workouts, Te’o mentioned that he could have done much better, especially in running the 40. Te’o continued to say that he previously ran the 40 in the 4.6 range while training.

If this serves to be true, Te’o will have one more chance to prove this to league scouts and make this combine experience a figment of everyone’s imagination. Notre Dame will have their Pro Day on March 26th.

This day will not only give Te’o a chance to erase the memory of the combine, but it may also reduce some of the attention of his horrible display in the BCS National Championship game.

Notre Dame’s Pro Day could possibly give everyone a clearer indication of whether Te’o is able to be a three-down linebacker in the NFL. In addition, this could show that Te’o is capable of performing well under pressure, something that he didn’t prove against the University of Alabama and at the combine.

Clyde A. Speller  is an NFL writer for Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google

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