Monday, February 25, 2013
Harbaugh disappointed by Te'o 40 time
By Jamison Hensley
If Manti Te'o is on the board at the bottom of the first round, I wonder if Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh will remember the Notre Dame linebacker's far-from-explosive 40-yard dash.
With a camera on Harbaugh while he was watching Te'o run, he shook his head in disappointment as Te'o was officially clocked at 4.82 seconds at the NFL scouting combine Monday. You can click here to see the unhappy reaction from Harbaugh on the NFL Network. As ESPN's Ed Werder pointed out, at least nine defensive linemen ran faster times than Te'o. Many were expecting Te'o to run in the 4.75 range. He also declined to do the bench press because of a shoulder injury.
Te'o has faced tremendous scrutiny since an embarrassing girlfriend hoax was made public to go along with his struggles in the national championship game. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay described Te'o's combine test results as "disappointing," which could lower his draft stock.
So there is a chance that Te'o could fall down to the bottom of the first round to a Ravens team that needs inside linebackers. But, based on Harbaugh's look on the 40-yard dash, I'm not sure if the Super Bowl-winning coach would be happy about that.