Te’o To Take Center Stage At Notre Dame’s Pro Day

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 26, 2013 – 6:14 am

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.


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12 Responses to “Te’o To Take Center Stage At Notre Dame’s Pro Day”

  1. By Carl K on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Run Manti Run!

    Actually, I am more interested to see how many reps he can do in the bench??

    A good 40 time doesn’t always = sucess on the football field.

    Good instinct usually does.

  2. By liito on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    I wish that a “Star” and a Notre Dame Monty would fall to the Vikes at 23 and 25. It be nice if we also get Trufant, and a couple of other receivers, perhaps a Q. Patton and a J. Hunter. Good luck Vikes in your draft.

  3. By VF209 on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    we need to rebuild the wall upfront on D as well as sure up the middle at LB….hopefully sum1 who can b a 3 down player and on the back end we need another playmaker to fill the vacancy left by Winfield. And sum depth in the later rounds. A run 1st offense has to be able to play good Defense and stopping the run is critical to that and we were exposed alot last year against the run which inturn put us in alot of 3rd and short situations and limited our ability to get after the QB. Im all for another toy for Ponder but I wanna see this Defense go to the next level. I personally like Allan Williams and think with the right pieces he will put it all together come game time.

  4. By meswant on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    I am not sold on Manti – he is a decent player but the draft has many players that would be a better fit for the Vikings. No matter which team drafts him the media will follow like hounds everywhere he goes & not sure the Vikings need that kind of distraction. I believe the Vikings will draft good again & we will fill some spots needed. Lets go Vikings!!! Lets get some help for Adrian – we all know he can carry this team but he does need some pressure taken off him to keep him fresh & dominate again!!!!!!

  5. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    How do reps on the bench improve good instinct?

  6. By Goldvike on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Need a wr @ 23 or 25

  7. By mexicovikingsamigo on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    NO!!!!!!! manti te’o NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. By David Plowman on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    Any linebacker that runs a 4.71 should think about gaining a little weight and becoming a nose tackle. How can a 4.71 40 LB keep up with a 4.4 40 TE or a much faster RB? The answer they can’t. This LB is way over rated but the vikings have drafted wash up in the past. Troy Williamson comes to mind real quick. Is even in the pros now? NO

  9. By Frederick Jones on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    Big tatoos like the one Manti displays are a RED FLAG to someone who might wind up with NIGHT CLUB problems!!!

  10. By PaulViking on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Te’o sounds suspiciously like TO. Don’t draft this head case. While being interviewed on NFL 212 he stuttered when referring to the mmmental part of the pro game. That is a tell.

    Draft Olgetree at linebacker if we can’t sign Urlacher.

    Okay kids, get into your jammys and then you can watch a half hour of Braxton Family Values before bed.

  11. By sa4vikes on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    We need SMART players able to keep up with the tough backs and tight ends in the NFL today. He does not meet any of these credentials. Look to fill bigger needs. He is not worth the pick unless he makes it into round 2.

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