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Te'o disappoints with slow sprint times at NFL combine

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 10:19 p.m. HST, Feb 25, 2013


Notre Dame's All-America linebacker Manti Te'o turned in a disappointing 4.82-second official time in the much-watched main event, the 40 yard dash, of today's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. 

Te'o's time placed him 20th among 26 linebackers.

Missouri's Zaviar Gooden led with a 4.47 while Georgia's Cornelius Washington had a 4.55 and Florida's Jon Bostic turned a 4.61.

ESPN.com said NFL scouts were expecting Te'o to run a sub-4.75. Te'o, a Laie native, was measured 6-1 1/4 inches and weighed 241 pounds at the combine and the leaner profile from his listed 255 pounds at Notre Dame this past season was expected to help his 40 yard dash time. Te'o spent much of the past month at the IMG Academy in Florida training for the NFL Combine. 

At last year's combine the average among inside linebackers was 4.77 and the top inside linebacker taken in the draft, Luke Kuechly, ran a 4.58. He was taken ninth overall in the draft by Carolina. 

NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock had suggested that Te'o could nail down a place in the draft's first round with a 4.70 or better, NFL.com said. 

But Te'o ran an unofficial 4.81 on his first try and a 4.80 later. 

He is expected to try and improve on his times at Notre Dame's March 26 Pro Day event in South Bend, Ind.  

Te'o did not take part in the bench press, reportedly due to a right shoulder problem, but his vertical leap of 33.0 inches was respectable and comparable with the other top inside linebackers, Alec Ogletree of Georgia and Kevin Minter of LSU.

Teo's 113 inches in the broad jump (9 feet, 5 inches) was among the lowest with only Oklahoma's Tom Wort lower at 111 inches. Ogletree jumped 122 while Minter 119.

Te'o performed better in the field drills among inside linebackers. His times in the 3-cone drill (7.13) and 20-yard shuttle (4.27) were better than Ogletree's (7.16 and 4.39). Minter did not participate in those drills.

Teo's performance today came after a strong showing in media interviews Saturday. 






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