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Te'o disappoints with slow sprint times at NFL combine

By Star-Advertiser staff

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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iwanaknow wrote:
There is a time to talk the talk and a time to walk the walk.
on February 25,2013 | 10:54AM
allie wrote:
yup..lots of questions about his real ability against legit. competition. I still think he can be an average player in a lower level nfl team.
on February 25,2013 | 12:09PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
ALL-LIE - still being that dog meandering down the street and peeing on every fencepost you can find, huh?
on February 25,2013 | 12:34PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Perhaps, but Te'o's slow 40-time was a surprise.
on February 25,2013 | 01:13PM
pakeheat wrote:
Was he ever posted to be fast during the college years at ND?
on February 25,2013 | 01:43PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
no, speed wise I don't think ND ever posted his 40 times and I don't recall reading his 40 times from any of the combines he was invited to when he was in HS which would have been available to College coaches scouting him. Teo is and ILB not an OLB, and his main job would be to stop runners in traffic and short inside coverage against slower TE's.
on February 25,2013 | 02:07PM
OldDiver wrote:
Manti was expected to post a 4.75 time according to reports. No one in the know was expecting him to post a fast time.
on February 25,2013 | 02:15PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
I take that back ND did publish times of 4.65 to 4.75
on February 25,2013 | 02:21PM
pakeheat wrote:
In response to the different 40 times, was it done earlier when he arrived as a freshman? He probably had to gain strength and weight during his career, so does this affect his 40?
on February 25,2013 | 03:49PM
bobbob wrote:
4.8 is extremely slow. By comparison, there were 2 300 lb linemen that posted times of 4.70.
on February 25,2013 | 04:47PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
for an ILB?
on February 25,2013 | 02:08PM
allie wrote:
not for me
on February 25,2013 | 03:17PM
hsk wrote:
Slower than molasses
on February 25,2013 | 11:03AM
pakeheat wrote:
It's more important what you can do on the field, not individual times.
on February 25,2013 | 11:10AM
droid wrote:
Did he run on asphalt?! The 40 was run on the field. Please get a clue.
on February 25,2013 | 11:26AM
inverse wrote:
Not true. If he was a 300 lb plus offensive lineman, they might cut the guy some slack with a slow 40, but NOT a linebacker in the NFL. If you want the NFL to go by what Teo did on the field, such as his performance against Alabama in the ONE game that mattered the most, I don't think he will be drafted early. One thing is for sure Teo WILL be given a chance to make it in the NFL, however they will NOT guarantee him millions up front before he even steps on the field. All that he accomplished at Puna hou and Notre Dame will be ignored and he will have to earn a position on the team from the bottom up. No question he has the physical capability to be a star in the NFL, HOWEVER it is pretty clear to all, Teo's mind is currently NOT completely focused on football and all of it was his OWN doing and it was HIS fault, not Lennay/Tui-, his parents, Notre Dame, etc. I don't think any team will pick him in the 1st round as he has made himself a "question mark" and NOT a sure thing, hence, no guaranteed, up front money. I hope he makes it in the NFL, HOWEVER, people, including his family, need to realize maybe Teo does not want to fanatically devote his life to the NFL and the regimen, constant physical abuse and possibly long term health problems that is associated with playing in the NFL. Like the late linebacker Junior Seau and many others who suffered, being a star in the NFL is not all it's cracked up to be.
on February 25,2013 | 11:48AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
June Jones had this phrase - "Look like Tarzan, play like Jane". Other people call it the Mike Mamula Syndrome after the fomer Boston college guy who came out of nowhere to post knockout combine numbers, got drafted in the first round by the Eagles, and at the end of the day was a mediocre pro. Teo is not Mike Mamula, the guy has been studied, there is tons of tape on him. Teo's deal will be how he answers the questions from the coaches about stuff like his play versus Alabama and the fake girlfriend thing. His instincts and leadership, the intangibles that will determined what kind of pro he will be, are pretty well known. It shows up on the tape they have on him. If he slips because of his combine time some team at the bottom of the first round will get a great value. Otherwise, he can still run again at his pro day.
on February 25,2013 | 11:45AM
allie wrote:
on February 25,2013 | 12:09PM
PokeStop wrote:
Teo ain't running at his ND Pro Day. He'll need to concentrate on his lifting since he didn't lift at the Combine. Teo dropped 14 lbs so he could run faster and be more agile. Didn't work out in his favor as the 4.82 is slow. On field drills were okay but he looked stiff at times. Hips and legs are to heavy/bulky. He's dropping to the 2nd of the draft.
on February 25,2013 | 12:20PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
After posting 4.8 he better change his plans.
on February 25,2013 | 12:58PM
Oahuan wrote:
What the hell was he doing up in Florida for the past couple of weeks?
on February 25,2013 | 11:07AM
niimi wrote:
Chasing Ronaiah.
on February 25,2013 | 11:28AM
ezridah wrote:
dats one hoax !
on February 25,2013 | 01:43PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
over training that's how you get from a 4.65-4.75 to a 4.82
on February 25,2013 | 05:57PM
HOSSANA wrote:
WHAT A DUD!!! and he won the Maxwell Trophy for being the top football player in the nation!!! Tell me his girlfriend sham of a story and his lies didn't influence the voters in being awarded the Maxwell, Butkus, and Lombardi trophies. Alabama showed what kind of a player he was...slow and slower!!!!!!!
on February 25,2013 | 11:08AM
allie wrote:
H e never beat a good team hon. Same with his ridiculous stay at punahou
on February 25,2013 | 12:10PM
haynning wrote:
USC, Michigan, Oklahoma? Aren't they any good teams?
on February 25,2013 | 12:30PM
Sorry haynning, no refuting that. Even Allie cannot comment when you make her comment look as she says "ridiculous"
on February 25,2013 | 01:13PM
pakeheat wrote:
Please check the number of opponents they played went to a bowl game?
on February 25,2013 | 01:16PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
ALL-LIE you really need to concentrate on your multitude of inadequacies rather than finding fault in others. Unfortunately for you that has already come back to bite you. A senior and still behind a pizza shop cash register. Couldn't even find an internship that would take you, huh?
on February 25,2013 | 02:32PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Lenay turned in a faster time.
on February 25,2013 | 11:09AM
pakeheat wrote:
Did he led his team to a undefeated season? Who is Lenay?
on February 25,2013 | 01:45PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Maneki - you need to eat a snickers...you get ALL-LIE like when you're hungry. Or better yet, catch and eat one of those strays you keep complaining about.
on February 25,2013 | 04:15PM
PokeStop wrote:
Geez people, give the kid a break! His girlfriend just passed away!
on February 25,2013 | 11:26AM
niimi wrote:
Slow local guy. 3rd rounder.
on February 25,2013 | 11:28AM
niimi wrote:
He can't even catch Lennay at that speed.
on February 25,2013 | 11:29AM
mctruck wrote:
I'm not a Manti Te'o fan but the commentators were saying that for a MLB top speed might not be that important?, maybe for an OLB....but he did poorly against Alabama missed tackles, etc. com'on local boy...you can do it...fingers crossed for you and your future.
on February 25,2013 | 11:42AM
oxtail01 wrote:
HA! All the BS about him was that - BS. I said it before and I'll say it again - it'll be a shock if he's drafted higher than 3rd round.
on February 25,2013 | 11:46AM
pakeheat wrote:
oxtail, you putting some money behind you're bs?
on February 25,2013 | 01:47PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
pakeheat - to put money on something oxtail would have to have money first
on February 25,2013 | 05:55PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I would say jealousy strikes the proverbial funny bone. You guys are just jealous of him. He's still going to be laughing all the way to the bank while we sit here tapping on our keyboards cloaked in opaque obscurity. At least he handled this whole fiasco like a man. That says much for his character. I would have him watch my back anytime......at long as he doesn't get too close.
on February 25,2013 | 11:49AM
PokeStop wrote:
Wouldn't want him behind me!
on February 25,2013 | 12:10PM
allie wrote:
yup..I think he stays longer than the last Colt washout
on February 25,2013 | 12:10PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
ALL-LIE obviously you have this sickofantic gay fascination for Colt. What is it? you proposition him while your strolls down Kuhio Ave and he gave you a look like he wanted to yak? Nobody even brought him up till you did. Must be some sort of obsessive crush on the Coltster, huh?
on February 25,2013 | 02:36PM
bobbob wrote:
you seem to know a lot about college football over 4 years ago for an out of state college tranfer.
on February 25,2013 | 06:58PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
I think we all need to let go of this one. The only ones feeding us this dribble is the media. It's there way of controlling what we read. Teo has already admitted and apologized for his mistake. Let it go. Let him play football and he will be playing professionally.
on February 25,2013 | 12:07PM
haynning wrote:
Jerry Rice ran a 4.71 40 yard dash went he did the draft, look what kind of career he had. Lets see what kind of speed he was when he has pads on. Just because he didn't have a great 40 doesn't me he can play well.
on February 25,2013 | 12:29PM
Again Haynning, you look to have a bit of common sense amongst these haters that seem to think a 40-time makes or breaks you as a football player. So the guy had 1 bad game. 1 bad game does not make a bad career. Get real people-the guy is a winner!
on February 25,2013 | 01:17PM
niimi wrote:
Colt had 1 bad game, too, and only Seattle took a look--in the SIXTH round. What a bust. Te'o will be a big bust like Bosworth.
on February 25,2013 | 08:00PM
patk wrote:
I don't see where the hate is coming from. His stellar character has been proven a hundred times over. Most of you guys at 22 were chasing tail, getting drunk, and otherwise just wasting time.

All teh lennay jokes are funny as h*ll though.
on February 25,2013 | 12:48PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Most of you guys at 22 were chasing tail, getting drunk, and otherwise just wasting time.

You say that like it was a bad thing.

on February 25,2013 | 03:08PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
well, it didn't turn out too well for you did it?
on February 25,2013 | 04:20PM
bleedgreen wrote:
And another thing. His size or lack of size for an interior LB may be of concern (6-1 1/4, 241lbs). That may explain why Alabama's linemen were able to handle him fairly easily.
on February 25,2013 | 01:21PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Slow, small and easily bamboozled is not the best attributes for a high draft pick.
on February 25,2013 | 03:09PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Neko - so you're saying you'd like to see him fail?
on February 25,2013 | 03:19PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Don't much care one way or the other. Just pointing out that the NFL is a cold, tough, mean machine that cares about money, money, money. Players are just commodities in the NFL - assets - and the market value of an asset can depreciate when it compares poorly to other assets. Slow, small and easily bamboozled are facts. So is a bad last game. All the wishing and hoping and good thoughts and warm fuzzies are not worth a bubble of warm spit to the NFL.
on February 25,2013 | 03:45PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
True and commodities are measured in totality. All season he's played the inside well, in traffic and defending short routes in traffic. That's what ILB's do, they play in traffic, read and shed blocks. If he's placed in a system that prevents other teams from keying on him he'll produce as he always has. He learned the hard way that it's not all about him, though he may make the plays. if those around hm cannot handle their assignments the linebacker does not make the plays and worse yet gets keyed on.
on February 25,2013 | 04:55PM
bobbob wrote:
funny how you simply state facts, and if it's not what someone wants to hear, then all of a sudden you're a "hater".
on February 25,2013 | 07:00PM
thatsashame_0723 wrote:
His cone drill was good as was his 20 yard shuffle time which are more telling. He'll go and work on his 40 for the ND pro day and get it down to the low 4.7's. he was too upright coming out. Not saying he'll be an all pro but he'll still go in the 1st round. Dion Jordan showed everyone how it's done.
on February 25,2013 | 02:19PM
cnr94 wrote:
Good luck Manti. Even if you didn't, which you will, get in to the NFL, you are a good young man. 2nd, you have a good education. 3rd....you are loved by your family. You wouldn't need the NFL. Aloha!!
on February 25,2013 | 02:52PM
BonDancr wrote:
Agree, good luck Manti, your parents raised a fine young man.
on February 25,2013 | 03:28PM
BigOpu wrote:
Not that I'm backing Te'o because I'm not, but does .10 seconds really matter from the middle LB spot to where ever he has to make the initial hit? Usually within 20 yds right? Sometimes, these combine numbers are over analyzed. If a RB gets past him, it's the DB's that have to have the speed to run a player down. They should test the linemen in a 20 yd dash time. Joking of course.
on February 25,2013 | 03:26PM
bobbob wrote:
some of those big guys are pretty quick, relatively speaking. The 40 yard isn't everything, but note that 12 linemen posted at least 4.81, and 2 300 lb linemen posted 4.70.
on February 25,2013 | 07:01PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
he's projected to be drafted late 1st or early 2nd..he's not fast but he has football instincts
on February 25,2013 | 04:02PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
pakeheat - to put money on something oxtail would have to have money first
on February 25,2013 | 04:18PM
ufried wrote:
he slowed down to save a whale...
on February 25,2013 | 04:30PM
mrluke wrote:
Anyone who thinks that civilization hasn't been dumbed down, only needs to read a sports comment page like this!
on February 25,2013 | 07:06PM
nippy68 wrote:
game speed is the way to tell how fast you are not practice speed.
on February 25,2013 | 07:15PM
niimi wrote:
Don't be anti-Manti, just know that he's a slow kid from Hawaii. Slow in the brain if he couldn't catch on about Lennay, and slower still since athletically he probably couldn't even catch Lennay, much less catch Ronaiah Tuasaslowpoke. Teo really blew the pooch today.
on February 25,2013 | 07:58PM
jussayin wrote:
Have fun with this one: "NFL coaches and GMs want to know if Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is gay ... They just want to know. They want to know because in an NFL locker room, it's a different world ..." [reference: cbssports]
on February 25,2013 | 08:12PM
inverse wrote:
Maybe he should say he is bicurious. That way whichever way the door swings with the guy, he would not be caught in another outright lie.
on February 25,2013 | 08:50PM
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