One of the highest-profile football programs in the country will host its pro day on Tuesday, and that will set the stage for one of the highest-profile prospects in this year’s draft class to workout in front of what will surely be a packed house of NFL GMs, coaches and scouts at the Loftus Sports Center.
Senior LB Manti Te’o is that player, and his performance will likely be the top story in the Tuesday NFL news cycle.
Te’0 was impressive at the Combine last month in terms of his on-field drills, media obligations and, reportedly, in the team interview process as well. But he ran a slower-than-expected time in the 40-yard dash, prompting his detractors to question whether or not he could cut it in pass defense as a starting LB in the NFL. He was clocked with a 4.82 time in the 40-yard dash. On Tuesday, Te’o will have a chance to dispel his detractors and reassert himself as one of the top defensive prospects in this year’s draft. If Te’o can cut the time down to the mid-4.7s, that could do enough to restore the confidence many lost in him following the Combine.
There will be 14 Notre Dame players participating in Tuesday’s pro day, according to the school. Those players are: WR John Goodman, OL Mike Golic Jr., OL Braxston Cave, RB Theo Riddick, WR Robby Toma, TE Tyler Eifert, RB Cierre Wood, DE Kapron Lewis-Moore, S Zeke Motta, S Jamoris Slaughter, LB Manti Te’o, P Ben Turk, LS Jordan Cowart and S Chris Salvi.
Here’s a schedule of all pro days leading up to the NFL draft at the end of April.
Tags: 2013 NFL Draft
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