He did his TV interview with Katie Couric, now with the NFL Combine just days away Notre Dame LB Manti T’eo spoke with USA Today about what his plans are for the workouts and more importantly the team interviews in Indianapolis.
“I have to just go out there and perform and all that other stuff is behind me,” he told USA TODAY Sports between workouts at IMG Academy Monday. “What I did on the field is what I did on the field. I don’t think what I did with this whole situation, I don’t understand how it takes away from what I did on the field.
“As far as my stock dropping or rising, that’s not up to me. The only thing I have to do is just do well, run fast, just be myself, be quick.”
ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper agrees. A fast 40 time would help solidify his stock in round one.
“I think how far he will drop depends upon what he runs,” said Kiper. “If he runs a great 40 time then he’s back in that top 10 to 12 discussion. I have him right now at 13 to Tampa Bay. The 40 time is the most important thing. Teams have said to me on numerous occasions it’s what he runs.
“Even though he had seven interceptions and he lost weight and increased his agility and coverage skills this year, what he runs is going to determine if he’s an every down linebacker. Whether he goes 13 to Tampa Bay or drops to the 20’s. Keep in mind Baltimore they have Ray Lewis retiring and have a hole at ILB. Plenty of other teams in the first will look at T’eo. I’ve got him mid-first round right now.”
T’eo has pledged to remain true to the person he has always been according to the USA Today piece and still trust people as he always has while being more cautious. He hopes that comes through in his interviews with NFL clubs later this week.
“I just want them to know, whoever picks me just let them know that you’re choosing someone who loves the game,” Te’o said. “I want to be the best at it. It’s because of my work ethic that I’ve come this far.”
Tags: 2013 NFL draft, Manti Te'o, NFL Combine
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