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Te'o improves speed at Notre Dame pro day

By Ferd Lewis

LAST UPDATED: 03:18 p.m. HST, Mar 26, 2013

Former Notre Dame All-American Manti Te'o much improved his 40-yard dash time today in front of NFL scouts, and is credited with a 4.69 clocking, according to a school spokesman.

It came in the school's indoor practice facility during Notre Dame's annual pro day in South Bend, Ind.

Afterward, Te'o told ESPN.com, "I think I did pretty good. I felt good out there."

Te'o, a North Shore native, had a disappointing 4.82 40 time last month at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Today, the 6-foot, 1-inch, 241-pound linebacker was timed between 4.71 and 4.75 on two tries by ESPN.

"He seemed happy with what he'd done," said a Notre Dame spokesman.

School officials said Te'o is scheduled to visit several teams for interviews before the April 25-27 draft in New York.

The NFL Network reported Te'o has turned down an invitation to attend the draft at the Radio City Music Hall.

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cojef wrote:
Hopes he gets a good offer. Wish him the best, and hope he can be free from accidentally injuring himself and avoid any concussions. It is a very dangerous sport, almost like back in early Roman history where gladiators fought for lives and freedoms.
on March 26,2013 | 10:09AM
joewilly wrote:
Slow. He just won't be in on downs where he has to cover a slot receiver. It doesn't mean he can't do anything else on the field. I believe he has a good nose for the ball and can play at this high level. He will go in the second round or third at the latest. Keep in mind rookies don't make the huge bucks like they used to. All rookies get minimum wage for the first four years, around $420,000 for his first year. Not enough to buy mommy and daddy a new house in Laie.
on March 26,2013 | 12:39PM
kahuku01 wrote:
IRT joewilly: How fast is fast since you claim him to be slow. How fast a football player may run depends on the elements involved during the down especially when the runner is amongst the offensive and defensive players. There are times when you're required to chase someone down and you'll run faster than running by yourself in a straight line. I wouldn't consider $420,000 a year playing football is something to sneeze at especially if you probably don't make that kind of money. If you heard his statement..."I just want a chance to be able to play pro football and it doesn't matter what round I am drafted...just give me a chance to compete." And gee, give this guy a chance to prove himself and I and many supporters wish him the best. Whatever happens in the future will be totally up to Manti and hey give him the support because there's not too many players from Hawaii that made it in the NFL.
on March 26,2013 | 02:21PM
joewilly wrote:
Both of you homers miss the point. He can play, but he will not play on every down. Calm down. I'am giving him a chance. I'am just telling it like it is, because nobody else will.
on March 26,2013 | 04:59PM
OldDiver wrote:
Still a bit slow for hand timed. Good luck to the boys from Hawaii.
on March 26,2013 | 10:36AM
bobbob wrote:
that's pretty slow. there's 300 lb linemen that can run that 4.8 time. Wish him all the best however. Late 1st round early 2nd is my guess.
on March 26,2013 | 10:55AM
kahuku01 wrote:
Name a 300lb lineman at the NFL combine that ran the 40 in less than 4.8.
on March 26,2013 | 02:24PM
BH1 wrote:
Actually Kahuku01, there were TWO sub 4.8 o-line (more so) 300lb lineman to run sub 4.8 at this years combine: Terry Armstead, 306lbs, 4.65 Lane Johnson, 310, 4.75 I'm not saying Manti can't play at his speeds. I believe he can. But his 40yrd time is not that great for a linebacker.
on March 26,2013 | 04:02PM
bobbob wrote:
Some of those big boys are fast and extremely athletic. I can't blame you for not believing me. I think overall, 12-14 linemen in total ran faster than his time. And 2 of them were 300lbs
on March 26,2013 | 04:53PM
localguy wrote:
Best of luck on landing a pro football position, you have earned it.
on March 26,2013 | 10:40AM
allie wrote:
He should make some nfl team but won't be an all-pro I would imagine. Just not that good really.
on March 26,2013 | 12:04PM
Bully wrote:
Cant imagine Teo getting any slower, hes still in his prime.
on March 26,2013 | 10:45AM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Easy to tell who knows football and who doesn't on this forum. 40 sprint times mean absolutely ZERO to an NFL middle linebacker.
on March 26,2013 | 02:40PM
BH1 wrote:
That is a ridiculous statement. Speed means EVERYTHING in the NFL. Those who have succeeded at any position in the NFL without natural/sprinting speed have made up for it with instinct and quick first steps. But that is all relative to SPEED.
on March 26,2013 | 04:06PM
Goodmedivice wrote:
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on March 26,2013 | 04:28PM
BH1 wrote:
Everything is RELATIVE to speed. That is the difference between college and pros. Listen to any current or former pro player or analyst and they will all say that the "speed" of the game is what differentiates pros from college. And a 40yd dash is INDICITIVE of ones ability to compete at that level. I am NOT saying that Manti cannot play in the NFL. He can. He has great instincts and reads which again... make up for his LACK OF SPEED. There is a reason why the 225 reps, agility skills, high jump and broad jump don't get as much attention as the 40... In ALL positions. Cause speed is the factor that matters most.
on March 26,2013 | 05:42PM
Goodmedivice wrote:
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on March 26,2013 | 06:01PM
BH1 wrote:
Ok. We can stick to the original statement in regards to all of the unnecessary WR samples you just provided. I say the 40 yard dash means absolutely ZERO to an NFL wide receiver. And yes, I do follow the combine every year. I simply do not have to reference the Internet to provide specific names and times to prove a point. You are stating the obvious. Players are NOT drafted in order of their fourth times. But YOU need to stick to the original statement and to say that the 40 means ZERO to ANY position in the NFL is RIDICULOUS. Apparently you know more about John Harbaugh or the hundred or so head coaches, scouts, GMs, assistant coaches in the stands who were watching intently with timers in hand. WHY DO THEY EVEN ATTEND THE LB'S 40...IF THE SPEED HAS ZEEEERO TO DO WITHEIR POSITION?? Maybe you know something they don't. You should start your own Goodmedadvice Combine where no 40's are involved. Lol.
on March 27,2013 | 04:10AM
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on March 26,2013 | 04:34PM
Froggy wrote:
Nice to see Manti come back with a much better time!
on March 26,2013 | 04:46PM
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