Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o was the center of attention when the linebackers performed in on-field drills at Lucas Oil Stadium at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. Unfortunately for Te’o, his numbers did not impress scouts, but he has defended his poor performance by saying there will be improvement at his Pro Day and directing blame for the poor outing on stress.
“I was running near a 4.6, a 4.5,” Te’o said on the NFL Network, via Pro Football Talk. “Today was just a long, long day.”
Te’o clocked an official 4.82 in the 40-yard dash.
The stress Te’o blames for his performance came from his meetings with 20 NFL teams in Indianapolis and the non-stop media attention he has been receiving since news broke that the story of his dead girlfriend was a hoax.
It is a lot for a young man to have to deal with during one of the most important times of his life, but that is not an excuse.
Te’o knew he would need to perform well at the combine and that all eyes were watching. If the stress got to him, it could be a troubling sign for NFL teams.
The former Fighting Irish star will have one final chance to impress scouts at his Pro Day, so he better rest up and make sure he is stress free so he doesn’t turn in another disappointing outing.