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Manti Te'o affirmed what many already knew about him: he's not very athletic but simply makes plays.
Manti Te'o, Notre Dame: With his girlfriend hoax earning media attention left and right, Te'o was under that much more scrutiny than his on-field performance warranted entering the combine. Valid concerns were raised about Te'o's athletic abilities prior to the combine with many teams concerned about him in that department.
The combine did little to ease those concerns.Te'o ran a 4.82-second 40-yard dash and weighed in at 240 pounds. He wasn't expected to run an eye-opening 40-yard dash but was expected to push the scales further than 240.
With his slower-than-expected 40 and light weigh in, Te'o should be available when Minnesota picks at No. 23 overall and maybe even when it picks at 55.
Te'o is a play maker. He demonstrated that in college. But given his small stature and slow 40, the Vikings should avoid him in Round 1. They should consider him at No. 55, depending on who is still available.
Alec Ogletree, Georgia: Off-the-field issues continue to dog Ogletree, who was recently cited with a DUI to accompany his four-game suspension for failing a drug test. And a strong combine would help appease teams' concerns about his off-field activities.
Ogletree, known as a slightly undersized linebacker who's fast and plays sideline to sideline, underwhelmed with his 4.7-second 40-yard dash. Now, there's more to football than running in straight lines.
Ogletree played faster than that at Georgia and that, combined with his frame built to take on more weight (6'3" and 232 pounds) and good pass defense, is why he would be a good selection at No. 23, should he still be available.
For those concerned about his off-field issues, see Jared Allen. He had a DUI to his name prior to becoming a Viking and he's been an upstanding citizen since donning the purple and gold (to the best of the public's knowledge).
Kevin Reddick, North Carolina: Reddick could be Minnesota's second-round selection. He's got good size (6'3" and 240 pounds) but his 40-yard dash doesn't overwhelm (4.72 seconds).
He recorded 85 tackles, 18.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks in 2012. Walter Football suggests he may be built for a 3-4 system with a blitzing interior linebacker, or as a strong-side linebacker in a 4-3. But his size mirrors that of Ogletree, who is viewed as a viable 4-3 middle linebacker.
The knocks on Reddick are his over-pursuit combined with limited recovery speed while still being viewed as a hard-working and intelligent player.
Nothing at the combine refutes any of that, and I still believe Minnesota could do better in Round 2.
Jonathan Bostic, Florida: Bostic is projected to be taken as early as the second or third round. But Minnesota could do better.
Bostic was a top recruit at Florida who never truly lived up to the hype. He recorded 62 tackles and 6.5 sacks in his senior season. Not exactly overwhelming.
He has good size (6'1" and 245 pounds) and has good straight-line speed (4.61 40-yard dash), but his inconsistency in college and scouting reports lead me to believe he won't be much different than Jasper Brinkley. Given that it may take a second round pick to acquire him, Minnesota should pass.