Like you are really interested in hearing anymore about Manti Te’o, right?
Well, today was his day to shine at the NFL Combine, but he was far from bright in his onfield workouts. He ran the 40-yard dash in more than 4.8, a time that doesn’t set him apart from the pack and diminishes his draft stock as we inch closer to that April extravaganza.
Many felt that Te’o’s performance in the National Championship game set him back at least a notch. Playing against a far superior Alabama squad, Te’o and his Notre Dame teammates were embarrassed. But the experts also believed that if he had a solid outing in the NFL Combine that he could recoup some of the status that had been tarnished at the end of the season.
Even Baltimore Ravens’ Head Coach John Harbaugh wasn’t impressed. NFL.com utilized a split screen showing Harbaugh’s reaction when Te’o was running – he simply shook his head, shut off the stop watch and started taking notes.
So, what does this mean for Te’o? Well, most likely he will slip out of the first round of the Draft to the second and possibly into the third round. That depends on whether scouts see more than the rest of us saw today. There are those intangibles that they talk about …
Either way, maybe this is the signal that the Te’o media blitz could come to an end. That would be the best thing that could come from this.