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Manti Te’o runs a bit faster at Notre Dame Pro Day


Manti Te’o has run his long-awaited 40-yard dashes at Notre Dame’s Pro Day, and Te’o was a little faster today than he was at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine.

Todd McShay of ESPN timed Te’o at 4.75 seconds in his first 40 and 4.71 seconds in his second, and that was the general consensus of the other reporters on the scene: Te’o improved upon his 4.82-second 40 from the Scouting Combine by somewhere around one-tenth of a second.

So will this matter? It certainly won’t hurt: Te’o said after the Combine that he’s “obviously” faster than he showed in Indianapolis, and now he can back that talk up with his times.

But a difference of one-tenth of a second in the 40 is probably not going to make a huge difference for Te’o. We talk about 40-yard dashes at this time of year because we don’t have much else to talk about, but what really matters is how a player plays football. The teams that had doubts about Te’o before today will still have doubts, and the teams that liked Te’o before today will still like him.

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  1. upperdecker19 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:11 PM

    If she were alive……and real…..his girlfriend would be proud of this effort.

  2. denverdave3 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:12 PM

    Denver could sure use him at 28

  3. ingraven says: Mar 26, 2013 12:13 PM

    His girlfriend was probably waiting for him at the end of the 40.

  4. National Fanatic says: Mar 26, 2013 12:13 PM

    Good Job Manti. Focusing on your 40 is probably more important than practicing for you interviews.

  5. riverhorsey says: Mar 26, 2013 12:14 PM

    Think he’s already dropped to the 3rd round at the earliest.

  6. grandmachine says: Mar 26, 2013 12:17 PM

    Maybe his girlfriend isn’t slowing him down like she did in the combine.

  7. isphet71 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:18 PM

    1. Great character
    2. Great measurables
    3. Great playing stats

    Need 2 of those 3 things to be a hot commodity in the draft. Te’o only has one.

  8. dabearstjm says: Mar 26, 2013 12:19 PM

    It’s not looking like they are going to but if the Bears draft this clown I’m going to be pissed.

  9. jwayne03 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:20 PM

    cant wait to see how relevant he is in two yrs….

  10. jjthesportsguy says: Mar 26, 2013 12:20 PM

    Hope this kid is mentally strong. He is going to get hazed something fierce by his teammates over that whole fake girlfriend thing.

  11. fhuizar says: Mar 26, 2013 12:20 PM

    He still has nightmares of Warmack and Fluker

  12. gochargersgo says: Mar 26, 2013 12:21 PM

    I am by no means a Te’o fan, but the hatred of this kid *as a player* has gone way too far. A 4.82 40 as a MLB is pretty insignificant. Brandon Spikes ran slower than 5 seconds and he turned out alright. He played poorly against Alabama? Ok, thats one game out of his entire career. People are really focusing too much on the negative.

  13. ravensfan324 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:21 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him in a Ravens uniform if he falls to pick 32. However because Ozzie is an Alabama alum and probably watched that national title game about 100 times, I don’t see us taking him.

  14. ozymandias121 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:22 PM

    Lennay was there cheering him on.

  15. anarchopurplism says: Mar 26, 2013 12:23 PM


    Oh yeah, you got destroyed playing top tier talent in the biggest game of your life.

    He has a lot to prove

  16. ccjcsr says: Mar 26, 2013 12:23 PM

    If a person values their craft they should get better, no suprise hear!

  17. pacific123ocean says: Mar 26, 2013 12:23 PM

    The 40 time is so overrated. For example, Vontaze Burfict ran over 5.o last year, and he ended up starting for the Bengals.

    I am not saying Manti will be a Pro Bowl player, I have no clue how well he will do in the NFL…but his success or lack of success will have very little to do with how fast he ran the 40 at the combine and his pro day.

  18. hookem6903 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:24 PM

    Lebron is still faster.

  19. kingmj4891 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:24 PM

    He will be a decent MLB for the right team, honestly I am thinking Chicago could grab him in the second to replace that old dude what was his name again?

  20. herlies says: Mar 26, 2013 12:25 PM

    Wait… ESPN’s draft puppet Todd McShay timed him?

    Ya, that seems legit.

  21. hcat44 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:26 PM

    He must have ate some Catfish to make him run a little bit faster this time around

  22. urlacherbacker says: Mar 26, 2013 12:27 PM

    Look the other way Chicago…

    This guy has Minnesota written all over him as pick #25…

  23. kabmaforlife says: Mar 26, 2013 12:27 PM

    Does these schools use radar to time the 40??

    It seems like old school stop watches were being used…I’ll wait to see him play.

  24. sportsfaninyyc says: Mar 26, 2013 12:27 PM

    I really wish the draft was over with already.

  25. stanmarshmorelikestandarsh says: Mar 26, 2013 12:28 PM

    Vikings will draft him no matter what.

  26. reed20fence says: Mar 26, 2013 12:28 PM

    The eye of media scurtiny follows this guy whereever he goes. That alone is enough to turn teams off. Add that to the fact that he practically disappeared in the National Championship means the likelihood of him slipping past the first round are relatively high.

    Only a team that is accustomed to negative media scrutiny and practically everyone (except their own fans) hating them with a viceral passion, will take that chance. The answer is obvious… with the 32nd pick of the 2013 Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select…

  27. dolphins4 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:29 PM

    There are no Armies and Navies in the NFL.

  28. blacknole08 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:31 PM

    Some team will draft him in the first round regardless of his 40 time. Not sure if he is a 3 down LB but he can cover. And, despite how he played against Bama, he plays the game with tremendous heart and passion. You can’t fake that.

    My personal opinion — His so-called character issues won’t matter, since most teams realized (correctly I wanna add) that he was duped into believing this chick existed.

  29. heisthejuan says: Mar 26, 2013 12:33 PM

    Good thing that MLBs have to run 40 yards on every play.

  30. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 26, 2013 12:33 PM

    I think a lot of teams will talk about how much they like him, but after the draft that talk will be exposed as a hoax.

  31. ijahru says: Mar 26, 2013 12:33 PM

    He is gonna be the steal of the draft. He had one bad game in the championship game with a lot of distractions on his mind. Watch the tape of him throughout his career, he is a great LB. yes he is gonna get a lot of teasing (deservedly so) but if he falls out of the first round then someone is gonna get one hellava player at a lower price.

  32. 2ruefan says: Mar 26, 2013 12:35 PM

    All I can think is that if I am a GM, this guys ability/stats do not justify the risk it would appear he is in terms of his character/mental/emotional condition.

    I would pass on this guy. It’s not like he was Brian Bozworth in college or something….

  33. vaphinfan says: Mar 26, 2013 12:36 PM

    He won’t be in the league five years from now.

  34. steelers4385 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:37 PM

    Still slow as dirt

  35. theytukrjobs says: Mar 26, 2013 12:37 PM

    I honestly think that if you take the entire “fake girlfriend” fiasco out of the equation that people would only be arguing over which part of the 1st round he’d be selected in. The dude is a tackling machine and he even defensed 11 passes his senior year.

    I don’t see this guy as being a 1st round pick necessarily but unless he’s hazed until he has a mental breakdown the dude is going to be a productive NFL player.

  36. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 26, 2013 12:38 PM

    His imaginary girlfriend’s imaginary husband was chasing him with an imaginary 12 gauge.
    It’s all about visualization for these elite athletes…

  37. thesmartestmanever says: Mar 26, 2013 12:40 PM

    this guy has a bright future. the sky truly will be the limit for him as he embarks on a career at Taco Bell

  38. njoberg says: Mar 26, 2013 12:41 PM

    To all you low life’s that seem to not able get this lame GF story out
    Of your head….what round you being drafted in?

  39. purplecrowe says: Mar 26, 2013 12:43 PM

    Please Rick, put in a tape of the Alabama game and just say no. Walk, no run (prolly just as fast as Teo), away…

  40. bryco9 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:45 PM

    If Desmond Trufant is gone at 25, Te’o is a Viking. And like it or not he will be one hell of a MLB there.

  41. jetsfan80 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:45 PM

    Notre Dame haters are all over the place. The kid may never be an All Pro, but he is a damn good player. Let it play out. And I have as much right to say that, as all of you “talent evaluators” have saying he will suck. We have no idea one way or another.

  42. landof10000lakes says: Mar 26, 2013 12:46 PM

    Florio has my team taking Manti at 25, and I think that would be a good pick. He’s going to be a steal of the draft and Mpls has a thriving alternative lifestyles community, so he will be very happy here.

  43. rudy5618 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:48 PM

    This guy is a big fat liar. He said in his Combine interview that he had been running all his 40’s in about 4.5sec. Of course, the only one that believed him though was his fake dead girlfriend.

  44. stevent92 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:54 PM

    Combines, Pro Days, and Measurables = Amazing NFL Players. Just ask Mike Mamula. I’m betting he’ll be a star.

  45. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 26, 2013 12:59 PM

    I look for Te’o to drop in the draft. At some point in the draft, his excessive baggage will be worth his potential so they will pick him.

  46. lovedabirds says: Mar 26, 2013 1:04 PM

    At least he didn’t torture animals in some of the most inhumane ways possible repeatedly for over 6 years. Then give another human being an incurable disease knowing full well he had it after being treated under an assumed name. He hasn’t failed drug tests. He hasn’t gone to prison for running an organized gambling ring. He hasn’t given any fans the finger.

    He hasn’t gone out drinking & driving & killed a team mate or a pedestrian. He hasn’t assaulted anyone & been arrested.

    When things are put into perspective, the hate & vile comments that are directed at this kid are ridiculous. The same people that would post to leave alone other NFL players that have done FAR worse keep bringing up this poor kids mistake. And all he really did was show now naive he is. It’s screwed up people cannot just leave the kid alone & stop bringing up the whole fake gf BS.

  47. mc6796 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:08 PM

    gochargersgo says:
    Mar 26, 2013 12:21 PM

    “Brandon Spikes ran slower than 5 seconds and he turned out alright.”

    They don’t play the same game. Spikes is a lot stronger, is a run stuffer, very poor in coverage. Teo will be expected to be an all purpose LB, his style of game is more similar to Mayo’s if you want to use Patriot LBs as examples. He will be a good LB in the NFL if he ends up on a team that use him the right way. I think his problems are physical, “football wise” I think is pretty smart, but needs to get bigger, stronger, faster.

  48. jprcox says: Mar 26, 2013 1:10 PM

    What if he needed to hit the QB as he was throwing the ball??? That time certainly would matter.

    The separation between a NCAA Football player and an NFL player is shrinking greatly. I believe that is the biggest issue with players pay $$ right now, the NFL is finding rookies to fit within a system opposed to forcing rookies to learn a new system – as that is what really separated rookies and vets before.

  49. michaeljacksonisback says: Mar 26, 2013 1:14 PM

    I think the kid would do great in a 3-4 Def. say Baltimore, Pittsburgh or The saints. That said the hate for this kid is kinda silly. He had a fake GF. He didn’t get multiple DUIs or get caught with drugs or kill anyone. And he’s hardly the first player to be made to look bad by Alabama’s offense!

  50. ebrownwareagle says: Mar 26, 2013 1:15 PM

    DAT NGUYEN 2.0!

  51. tonyricemajorharris says: Mar 26, 2013 1:34 PM

    These 40 yard dash times are overrated

  52. deathonwings410 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:35 PM

    Wow, people are way overrating the relevance of his forty time.

  53. calhounlambeau says: Mar 26, 2013 1:41 PM

    Didn’t Teo say he would run a 4.5 or 4.6 and only ran a 4.8 because of stress, so he lied about his speed as well. Wow….

  54. dbfan4ever says: Mar 26, 2013 1:44 PM

    maybe the team that drafts him can pay him imaginary money

  55. mackie66 says: Mar 26, 2013 1:46 PM

    The way Te’o played Alabama its a wonder if any GM would draft him except in the very late res. This guy is not a “side line to side line” player. LIke Ray lewis. Im sorry the best Te’o can get is an imaginary girlfriend. She can’t be dead, she was never born,,,right?

  56. pandebailey says: Mar 26, 2013 1:53 PM

    Coming from Notre Dame, you really have to drop T’eo one round – name just one Irish player who was under-rated coming into the NFL. They are always over-rated. Always.

    And he ran a 4.72, but what was his weight? He dropped 14 lbs from his game weight to plod along at 4.82 at the Combine – losing any more weight and he’s closer to an NFL safety. And 40 times isn’t a great way to judge ILB’s, but missing 20 tackles against ‘Bama is pretty hard to ignore.

  57. nananatman says: Mar 26, 2013 1:53 PM

    Maybe his invisible father-in-law was chasing him cause his dead girlfriend had an invisible baby he isn’t making fake child support payments too.

  58. coltzfan166 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:01 PM

    This world is pathetic if you’re treated worse for being a victim of a hoax. Seriously. Everyone just wants Manti to fail for some reason beyond me.

  59. vikes8480 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:01 PM

    pandebailey says: Mar 26, 2013 1:53 PM

    Coming from Notre Dame, you really have to drop T’eo one round – name just one Irish player who was under-rated coming into the NFL. They are always over-rated. Always.

    Always, huh? Sort of like Kyle Rudolph, John Sullivan and Harrison Smith? Take your ND hate somewhere else.

    Teo won’t be a perennial pro bowler, but he’ll be a solid starting MLB for a long-time.

  60. mogogo1 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:10 PM

    Obviously faster than he was at the combine…but still nowhere close to the 4.5-4.6 he claimed he’d been running.

    And as others have noted, his weight is starting to be an issue. He was already substantially lighter than his playing weight at the Combine. Did he cut still more weight to speed up for this run? I’m starting to wonder if he’s one of those guys who doesn’t have a real position at the pro level–too slow when he’s bulked up to linebacker size, and too small when he can actually run.

  61. pandebailey says: Mar 26, 2013 2:23 PM

    “Always over-rated, huh? Sort of like Kyle Rudolph, John Sullivan and Harrison Smith? Take your ND hate somewhere else.”

    Who? You made my point FOR me!
    Kyle Rudolph was drafted 43rd, early, early in the 2nd round. So he’s great?
    Harrison Smith – 1st round draft and where is he? How can you be UNDER-rated and drafted in the first or early second round?

    And John Sullivan……who??

  62. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 26, 2013 2:24 PM

    “To all you low life’s that seem to not able get this lame GF story out
    Of your head….what round you being drafted in?”

    Ghetto English.

    Work on it, homes…

  63. slayer1224 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:24 PM

    He ran a little faster because his girlfriend was there…show off.

  64. cadan24 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:24 PM

    you would have run slow at the combine too if you had to carry your girlfriend on your back… didnt see her?

  65. spankygreen says: Mar 26, 2013 2:29 PM

    After all the dust settled with this young man regarding the fake girl friend, the hullabaloo about how great the ND program was and is. for me, it all came down to his performance pre Tide and his peformance during the Tide…..

    This fellow was non existent, and I say that as kindly as I know how against arguably the best conference, and team in college football….He did not give a good account of himself. Normally, supposedly star players always play well against the best competition, even if their team does not but this guy was literally almost invisible against the Tide….I guess if he just has to be drafted, and I can’t even guess at what spot, I would not have him on any pedestal, because for me he only played average, and again I know it was Bama, but that type competition normally brings out the best in an all-american…..with him, it did not…..

  66. tuscaloosaguy says: Mar 26, 2013 2:37 PM

    Was it an imaginary time on an imaginary football field? Inquiring minds want to know.

  67. retief1954 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:51 PM

    He’s the next Tebow…

  68. rtant2013 says: Mar 26, 2013 2:58 PM

    Everybody runs faster at their pro days, its kindof like the Combine unofficial times. What were his unofficial times AR the combine, I’m sure the two will probably be right around each other. No way this guy can keep up with the average TEs in this league, and especially not a RB or crossing WR. And he had what like 4.5 sacks in 4 seasons at ND, so he obviously can’t rush the qb. He’s a situation linebacker, and that’s not 1st round talent. Look at Keuchley(probably spelled wrong, but the linebacker from the Panthers), Ryan Kerrigan, and the other recent draft picks at LB, they’re big and fast and stood apart. As for Te’o, we wouldn’t know who he is if his “girlfriend” died.

  69. Doc says: Mar 26, 2013 3:15 PM

    If he ran a 4.71 that was hand timed, he’s probably closer to the 4.80 he ran at the combine. Hand time is usually more generous. Hope he rocked the drills!

  70. granadafan says: Mar 26, 2013 3:32 PM

    This was hand timed so it’s about the same time as his official combine time. How many times atthe combine did they add a tenth to the hand timed unofficial times? Just about every single time.

  71. dlosapio says: Mar 26, 2013 3:38 PM

    pandebailey says:
    Who? You made my point FOR me!
    Kyle Rudolph was drafted 43rd, early, early in the 2nd round. So he’s great?
    Harrison Smith – 1st round draft and where is he? How can you be UNDER-rated and drafted in the first or early second round?

    And John Sullivan……who??

    Kyle Rudolph, Pro bowl TE, 2nd to only Gronk in TDs in 2012.
    Harrison Smith, 103 tackles, 1ff, 3 int. Great rookie season and a bright future.
    John Sullivan, pro football focus’ best center in the NFC, but I guess you probably thought Jeff Saturday deserved that pro bowl nod a couple weeks after he was benched.

    All great players, no one said they were underrated, even though Sullivan clearly is, but they certainly aren’t OVERrated. Way to run your mouth when you don’t know a damn thing about any of those players.

  72. reprocity says: Mar 26, 2013 4:09 PM

    If “one-tenth of a second in the 40 is probably not going to make a huge difference”, then there’s no difference between a 4.71 and a 4.61 which is very fast for a MLB. Maybe the article should focus on more pertinent stats in regards to MLBs ie 10 and 20 splits, 3 cone, 225reps…

  73. bartlettruss says: Mar 26, 2013 5:53 PM

    It’s true that a lot of people are crucifying Teo now in a way that is over the top. On the other hand the media built him up in a way that was over the top. If it weren’t for the “deaths” in his family I doubt that he would have finished second in the Heisman voting. It was a great narrative while it lasted.

    Now it’s up to him to prove he can play out his rookie contract and still have a job. I personally doubt it. The game against Alabama wasn’t just “one bad game”. It was a very bad game that occurred when the lights were the brightest and the level of competition was stepped up.

  74. monkeyboymotors says: Mar 26, 2013 6:54 PM

    If you have a NFL quality o-line going against a juco d-line no mlb would look good!

  75. noahbird says: Mar 27, 2013 12:51 AM

    Every dude with a stop watch thinks he’s accurate. Do they not employ new technology at Universities? Use the millions of dollars wasted on weights and give some money to the Science departments to integrate some tech ed into all aspects of sports. Two birds…

  76. 1historian says: Mar 27, 2013 8:32 AM

    He’s smart to stay away from the draft. It’s a freak show every year and this would just make it worse, so – stay away.

    Athletically he’s not the most gifted of the LBs IMO but he gets the most out of what he’s got and that’s always a plus. I see low 1st, high 2nd.

    Hazing by his teammates – no big deal. It happens to every rookie.
    Hazing by the clowns in the stands – if they’re dumb enough to pay thousands of dollars to get close enough so he can see them – go for it.

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