Part of the confusion in watching/covering the NFL Combine is that “official” times are not posted for anyone until every player at the position has finished their drills. The “unofficial” times give you an idea of who is fast and who isn’t. The official times set them in stone.
Zaviar Gooden had a blistering 4.47 and Cornelius Washington had a 4.55 to go 1-2 during the drill.
Rounding out the front-seven candidates’ top 40 times are:
#3 – Trevardo Williams, UConn, 4.57
#4 – Barkevious Mingo, LSU, 4.58
T-5 – Margus Hunt, SMU, 4.60
T-5 – Dion Jordon, Orgeon, 4.60
T-5 – Corey Lemonier, Auburn, 4.60
#8 – John Bostic, Florida, 4.61
#9 – Ziggy Ansah, BYU, 4.63
T-10 – Jamie Collins, Souther Mississippi, 4.64
T-10 – Ty Powell, Harding, 4.64
All times are official now.
However, things weren’t so great for some of the participants. Notre Dame linebacker Manti T’eo, who finished second to Johnny Manziel in the 2012 Heisman Trophy balloting, ran a very slow 4.82 time in the 40-yard dash.
T’eo had even lost weight so he’d be better in the drills…down to 241 pounds.
Speaking of weight, if you’ll recall last year’s Workout Warrior, Dontari Poe of Memphis, clocked a 4.87 in the 40. The difference? Oh…105 pounds worth.
In previous interviews, Te’o had said that he lost 15 pounds between his junior and senior seasons at Notre Dame. He led the NCAA among linebackers in interceptions as a senior with 7, having zero in his first three years of eligibility. It was thought the weight loss had made him faster, resulting in the ability to get to some passes and pick them off. He did better in his position drills, but didn’t set the world on fire.
The fact that he’s as light as ever and still ran such a slow time – along with the girlfriend hoax – may in fact push him out of the first round entirely. He wasn’t even in the top-15 among other players at his position in the drill.
Instead, Missouri’s Zaviar Gooden put himself on the map with a 4.47-40. Alec Ogletree of Georgia had a 4.70 and LSU’s Kevin Minter had a 4.81 and the tape from 2012 shows Minter was better at shedding blocks overall than was T’eo. It could mean that Minter just passed T’eo as the top ILB prospect of the draft and raises even more questions about T’eo and his ability.
While a “slow” 40-yard dash time isn’t normally that big of an issue because the tape trumps all, when you toss in T’eo’s poor BCS National Championship game with all the other baggage he has, I can’t help but wonder exactly how far he’ll slide.
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