INDIANAPOLIS — Manti Te’o went through workouts at the NFL scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium with the linebacker group Monday afternoon, and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds. His time was 20th of the 26 linebackers who ran at the combine Monday.
NFL front office personnel were looking for the Notre Dame linebacker, who measured at 6-feet-1 1/4 and 241 pounds, to run at least a sub 4.75 40-yard dash.
Missouri’s Zaviar Gooden had the fastest time among linebackers in the 40 with a time of 4.47.
After facing a media onslaught on Saturday, Te’o faced the people who mattered most on Monday — NFL general managers, coaches and scouts. He’ll likely be subject to further scrutiny after his disappointing results in the 40.
While every player’s athleticism comes under scrutiny at the combine, Te’o drew the most attention. GMs and coaches wanted to see how Te’o would perform not only after his poor performance in the Discover BCS National Championship against Alabama, but also after the revelation in January that he was involved in an elaborate hoax involving a fake girlfriend.
ESPNs Todd McShay has Te’o at No. 20 in his top 32. In his most recent mock draft, Mel Kiper Jr. had Te’o going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 13. McShay’s most recent mock draft had Te’o going to the Chicago Bears at No. 20.