For Te'o, the work is far from over
March, 26, 2013
By Todd McShay | ESPN.com
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- At Notre Dame's pro day, Manti Te'o, the Fighting Irish linebacker (Scouts Inc. grade: 89) ran what should be the last 40-yard dashes he'll ever need to run in his life. Though the job interview process with teams is far from over, the 40-yard dash was the main event on Tuesday.
At the NFL combine in Indianapolis, Te'o ran an official 4.82. At his pro day, according to my stopwatch, Te'o ran a 4.71 and a 4.75. Other scouts I spoke to ranged from 4.71 to 4.77. While 40 times are an overblown portion of the scouting process, there's no question that To'e had money on the line when running his sprints in front of representatives from 27 of 32 NFL teams.
What does this tell you about Te'o as a football player? James Laurinaitis, the St. Louis Rams' inside linebacker, has had a good career. He ran a 4.88 at the combine. But it shows it's awfully hard to justify pulling the trigger on a first round ILB to begin with (in last three years only, there's only been an average of one in the first round.) But add a 40 time of 4.8 or slower to the mix and it takes a true exception to the rule.