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Manti Te’o might have run his way into a higher draft pick with an improved time in the 40-yard dash

LAST UPDATED: 11:21 a.m. HST, Mar 27, 2013

SOUTH BEND, Ind. » Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o of Laie ended a trying three months by putting up a respectable 40-yard dash time Tuesday.

“I thought I did pretty good,” Te’o said after his pro day workout in front of scouts from 27 of 32 NFL teams. “I’m very pleased with the way that I performed.”

Some had expressed concern whether Te’o could be an every-down linebacker in the NFL after he was timed at 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine in Indianapolis.

But he was timed at 4.69 seconds at Notre Dame’s indoor practice facility, attributing the improvement to being more comfortable at home and around friends.

Te’o is hoping to be picked in the first round of next month’s NFL Draft.

He also bench-pressed 225 pounds 21 times and ran the 60-yard shuttle in 11.78 seconds.

The Heisman Trophy runner-up had an off game in the BCS championship game against Alabama in January.

He then came under scrutiny after it was revealed he fell in love online with a woman who didn’t exist and then had the disappointing time at the combine.

His performance Tuesday came as a relief.

“This is possibly the best day ever. It’s a big, big burden off your shoulders,” he said. “It feels like it’s your birthday.”

Te’o has already met with some NFL teams and has plans to meet with more. He said teams have different levels of interest in talking about how he was duped into having an online relationship with a fake girlfriend.

“Some guys just want to be brief on what happened. Some guys go into a little bit more depth,” he said.

He said teams haven’t asked him about being an every-down player, saying they want to know how he went from having no interceptions in his first three seasons to picking off seven as a senior.

Te’o said the key was losing weight, understanding where he was supposed to be and studying film to learn opponents’ tendencies.

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whs1966 wrote:
According to a Sports Illustrated article, the improved time will not help his draft prospects one bit. Given his small size and poor performance in his last couple of games, he will be lucky to be drafted in the first round. I wish him well, and I believe that once he's on the field, he will prove himself an asset to the team that drafts him.
on March 27,2013 | 05:58AM
Manoa2 wrote:
Talking to two scouts-- he is a sure first rounder which is unusual for his position because it is the outside linebackers that go high. But he has dropped to one of the later picks in the first round. His game performances help him-- as one scout said, show me anybody that had a good game against Alabama-- he has several seasons of great games. He was a first rounder based on the combine and the time may have helped him. But lots of possibilities and he could move up or down.
on March 27,2013 | 06:34AM
pakeheat wrote:
Poor performance in his last couple of games? Only the championship game he had a bad game, you don't know what you're talking about.
on March 27,2013 | 07:32AM
mudsprkt1 wrote:
Sometimes articles that are read in magazines, remind me of that television commercial where the girl is talking to the guy about things she heard about on the internet were true because it said so on the internet . Sounds like dejavu here..........
on March 27,2013 | 09:34AM
walaau808 wrote:
bpn jour...LOL
on March 27,2013 | 12:45PM
primo1 wrote:
Depends on what magazine. I'd say that SI is pretty reputable...
on March 27,2013 | 12:50PM
Wazdat wrote:
He will get drafted in the second round. He is NOT a top tier player, but may do well in the NFL
on March 27,2013 | 06:40AM
ready2go wrote:
Great athlete and one of the better ones out of Hawaii! But as the NFL Scouts always mention, one's physical attributes are very important but rank #2 on their scouting sheets. Teo will get drafted and hopefully prove that he can actually play at the next level. Past high school and college press clippings don't count at the professional football level. Good luck Teo!
on March 27,2013 | 06:50AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Late first round but more than likely 2nd round pick.
on March 27,2013 | 07:53AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
What's the old saying - it just takes one team to like you. Maybe the Ravens at the bottom of the first round perhaps?
on March 27,2013 | 08:50AM
lowtone123 wrote:
The Ravens may be hoping he falls to them. With Ray Lewis retiring and many pieces of their defense gone, they may look to the draft to rebuild.
on March 27,2013 | 03:07PM
blkdrgn wrote:
I would be perfectly fine getting picked last.
on March 27,2013 | 09:00AM
BonDancr wrote:
Good luck, Manti. You're a classy young man.
on March 27,2013 | 09:10AM
dlum003 wrote:
Who'da thought that HEAPING servings of Humble Pie would make you lose weight (and NFL $$$)?? I guess the one positive outta all the late season tomfoolery is that his Teo's father is now nowhere to be seen. Thank goodness!!!!!
on March 27,2013 | 10:15AM
primo1 wrote:
Amazing what hand-timing and home field advantage can do for one's draft prospects...
on March 27,2013 | 12:49PM