He was overweight for much of his ND career. He was missing-in-action in the biggest game of his life. Finally, 2-down ILBs are a dime a dozen. If he goes in the 2nd round, he will have been fortunate.
We applaud him for the role he played, for his loyalty, all those things. We wish him well, but do we need to obsess about his 40 time? Let's talk about other interesting stuff like bench press reps.
An inch is an inch. Embellishing height seems pretty standard. From 248 in August to 241 now though, I don't see anything remarkable. It was widely reported that he dropped some weight to get quicker before his senior year, so the 255 to 248 change in consistent. Another seven pounds doesn't seem unreasonable. Depending on water, I can fluctuate six or seven pounds in a given day. In Manti's case, we're talking about several months.
As for the size/speed dynamic, I guess it would be nice if he were a little faster. Apparently he's not.
With a lot of carbs and water retention, I'll go up by 3-4 pounds. Then, assuming I work out hard and don't eat many carbs the next day, I'll piss out a lot more water and drop 3 pounds below where I started.
compensate for lack of speed.
Manti does seem to have an above average ability to sniff out certain plays before they develop (e.g. can't remember watching another linebacker who recognizes a screen play quicker than Manti).
And not against the best teams in college football either
poor performance in the NC game.
and square up against a great runner like Lacy.
And not over-commit too.
watch at your own risk.
Teo's cone drill time was fine. His straight line speed was disappointing. I wasn't surprised, as he has never struck me as being particularly fast.
I guess we'll see how it affects his draft stock.
Let's say he does run a 4.5 at ND. Do they take an average?
A sub 4.7 at ND's pro day would certainly help allay some concerns, but I don't think that yesterday's results will be completely ignored.
It raises questions about his ability to stay with a TE/RB in coverage and to work sideline to sideline in the NFL, I would think.
a face in the crowd instead of the main attraction. Again, I'm speculating but I believe he'll be a force on the field once he gets the circus in his rear view mirror.
As far as Motta goes I don't have a clue why he was so far off. It seems to me it's deeper than just a bad day or he doesn't test well.