2013 NFL Combine - Te'o wasn't THAT slow
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o
Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o
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Posted Feb 27, 2013


Final Thoughts after the 2013 NFL Combine - Manti Te'o wasn't THAT slow


2013 NFL Combine 

Last Thoughts
 
 

By Pete Fiutak
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2013 NFL Combine Last Thoughts
- Worst ... Draft ... Ever?
- Te'o wasn't THAT slow
- The key takeaway from the weekend: safeties
- A shocker of a No. 1 pick?
- The Five Big Winners 
- The Five Big Losers

The wild and crazy misadventures of Manti Te’o

It was a weird weekend for Te’o, but it wasn’t quite miserable as many are making it out to be.

However, it wasn’t great.

Despite dropping 15 pounds to get quicker, Manti Te’o was slow, couldn’t jump, tapped out of the bench press and measured a smallish 6-1 and 241.

He still hasn’t really put the timeline together well enough to answer for his bullspit sounding story about why he lied to the media during the height of the awards season, meanwhile, the idea that he’s going to be any sort of a team leader – considered by some to be his key attribute - is going bye-bye with each passing punchline.

Combine all the issues with the tape of him whiffing time and again against Alabama, along with a mediocre day against Stanford and its strong offensive line, and in any other situation he’d be penciled in as a third round pick. Instead, he’s still considered by more than a few smart people to be a first round talent with many not caring a lick about the controversy.

The NFL Network talking heads couldn’t jump over themselves fast enough to praise Te’o for getting out a coherent sentence at his press conference – even though all his contrived and coached-up answers failed to shed any new light on his story - while reports of questions being asked by various teams about his sexuality turned him into a sympathetic figure. Throw in a weird and whiny interview with Rich Eisen and Mike Mayock about being tired from all the interviews – like he didn’t stay up until all hours of the morning on the phone with Tuiasosopo during the football season – and this was the Combine of Te’o.

On the plus side, the fact still remains that his controversy really isn’t that big a deal outside of the embarrassment, and even though it’s not as much fun to talk about, lost in the hubbub over his 40 time were some good moments showing quick feet and cutting ability in the cone and shuttle drills. Also glossed over was that his 4.82 was par for the course among inside linebackers. The ultra-athletic Alec Ogletree out of Georgia – who might really be an outside linebacker - only ran a 4.7, LSU’s Kevin Minter came up with a 4.81, and for the position, the average time came in around a 4.76.

2013 NFL Combine Last Thoughts
- Worst ... Draft ... Ever? 
- The key takeaway from the weekend: safeties
- A shocker of a No. 1 pick?
- The Five Big Winners 
- The Five Big Losers