NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said on Sunday that Manti Te’o would need to run 4.7 or better in the 40 to help his cause. That didn’t happen today at the NFL Combine in Indy. Te’o ran a 4.8. Here’s where that leaves Te’o in the eyes of Mayock.
“Anything 4.7 or better would be phenomenal; 4.8-plus is going to be a concern,” said Mayock. “In that 4.7 to 4.8 range is going to be what an inside linebacker is expected to run.”
So it sounds as though Te’o’s speed will be considered just average. Seeing him struggle against Alabama in the National Title game against some top talent, and now seeing the 4.8 time will send scouts back to the tape to try to cement their grade on the All-American LB.
Here are the top LB 40 times, which included all three linebackers that we profiled on the home page of Buffalobills.com today as viable cover linebacker options.
OLB Zaviar Gooden – Missouri – 4.5
OLB Cornelius Washington – Georgia – 4.5
ILB Jonathan Bostic – Florida – 4.5
ILB Brandon Hepburn – Florida A&M – 4.59
OLB Jamie Collins – So. Miss. – 4.59
OLB Sio Moore – UCONN – 4.62
ILB Alec Ogletree – Georgia – 4.62
ILB Jonathan Stewart – Texas A&M – 4.62
ILB Kevin Reddick – North Carolina – 4.66
OLB Khaseem Greene – Rutgers – 4.67
Tags: 2013 NFL draft, Alec Ogletree, Jamie Collins, Khaseem Greene, NFL Combine
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