Eifert was "very impressive" with a 4.68...
Teo "slipped drastically" with a 4.82...
Assuming these numbers are what they would actually run in pads, with a ball, and for some reason they were in a straight line sprint, the difference in ground covered in 5 seconds is less than 4 feet. Now if that was the case a good quarterback would have a big window to throw into (also taking into account Eifert's height/length).
But now we are on a football field and the many of the players that Manti would be covering in a man scheme are not going to be running 4.68 or better... and then you add the fact that the player is not likely to be running in a straight line (and presumably neither is Manti)... and then you add to that the fact Manti would presumably not be in press coverage so would likely have some cushion for the receiver... how much of that window is left?
Can he man up on Vernon Davis? (Who ran about 4.4 at the combine...) Doubtful. But not many people can. But can he stick with the majority of people he would be assigned to cover in man scheme for about 5 seconds, it would seem pretty likely...
Finally, I think the "lack of top end speed" speaks to what is probably his best skill which is being able to read and diagnose plays... I don't think he "lost speed" over the course of the year, but somehow he was able to make plays all year long. Even during the Alabama game, which was not his best game, he seemed to diagnose plays faster than most people on the field.
The draft is in a month. I don't think it's productive to post mock drafts or predictions.
but "Productive Post" on a message board is an oxymoron.
vertical jump (6th, 6th and 8th) as well as the drills. He was at least as impressive as Ogletree and Minter in those tests.
He had a lot of reviews like this one: "I liked what I saw from Te’o in the actual football drills. He moved well and showed excellent hands"
Seems like such a great kid, hopefully he'll run better at pro day.
40 has become such a benchmark stat, hard to know how scouts weight these.
Slow and fat.
the combine. He also has Eifert as one of the winners.
ILB Manti Te'o (Notre Dame): Te'o looked slow and stiff. Nobody - not even that gal, "Lennay Kekua" - can deny what Te'o did on the field at Notre Dame. He sparked the mini-resurgence at South Bend. But through the proliferation of athletic, mobile quarterbacks, what's Te'o's value? At the combine, at least, he didn't look like an every-down linebacker. This, of course, after he was posterized in the national title game. Eventually, questions about the hoax will die down. Eventually. Any team that drafts Te'o will inherit part of the circus we saw last weekend in Indy.
TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame): He was highly productive at Notre Dame, outperforming the NFL-bound tight ends before him (John Carlson, Kyle Rudolph). And at Indianapolis, Eifert may have had the most complete, dominant performance of any prospect. Eifert finished fifth at his position in the 40 (4.68), third on the bench (22 reps), third with the vertical leap (35.5 inches), third at the broad jump (9 feet, 11 inches), first in the three-cone drill (6.92 seconds), fourth in the 20-yard shuttle (4.32 seconds) and second in the 60-yard shuttle (11.52 seconds).
Eifert would seem to be a great fit in Green Bay's offense if the Packers decide to release Jermichael Finley, but it's hard to see Eifert slipping to the 26th pick now. "I strive to be a complete tight end; I don't think I'm there yet," Eifert said. "But guys like Jimmy Graham, Gronkowski, Rudolph, those guys I like to watch and see myself being similar players to them."
Inside Packer scoop. Tyler Dunne isn't.
not clear if this writer even saw Teo go through drills. Most reports from scouts are positive about drills.
Was he drafted #5? Funny how Te'o keeps getting blasted.
He's just not the anchor LB he was supposed to be. Doesn't sound like they're high on Teo. Too bad, I'd love to have him in GB.
supposedly. However, he is unspectacular with getting turnovers and working space. When he finally got a half-sack in 2011 part way through the season, he got caught doing this to his teammates:
His cap number needs cutting or he needs cutting.
Read the Ogletree blurb.