Clearly this hoax has distracted him and thwarted his preparation and training regimen. I did not expect him to run an extremely fast time, but I thought, at 6'1" , 240, he would at least run in the 4.6 - 4.7 range. His time is average at best.
He lacks the explosive skills to be an elite linebacker at the NFL level. John Harbaugh even said his explosiveness was suspect and seemed to be very unimpressed. Te'o is undoubtedly is a disappointment on the field and off the field. His questionable character issues, which I wrote about in a earlier blog post (most viewed), aren't the only questions regarding his draft stock as of recently. NFL Draft scouts were also not impressed either, illustrated by the tweets below:
Manti Te'o isn't underperforming, he's just not very fast or fluid.
— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 25, 2013
Te'o is getting dinged by a lot of people bc he was unfairly hyped as elite. He's not a bad NFL prospect, just very average in several areasManti even told the NFL Network, "I was running near a 4.6, a 4.5. Today was just a long, long day." Maybe his imaginary girlfriend was clocking him. Te'o also called the Combine an "very exhaustive process" and claimed he did not sleep much.
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) February 25, 2013
I don't think Te'o is worthy of a first round pick. He should go in the third round. His last collegiate game was an surprising debacle in the BCS National Championship Team versus a pseudo-NFL team in Alabama. He literally got bowled over in that game. All I can remember was Te'o lying on his back while Lacy and company rolled right over him.
Manti Te'o's fall from grace is of epic magnitude. Once regarded as a college hero and inspiration to us all; Now a joke, an afterthought, and a running punchline. Could Te'o recover from this dramatic downward spiral?
Only time will tell.
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