NFL Draft 2013: Manti Te'o and Players Whose Stock Is Falling After Combine
Manti Te'o put on an underwhelming performance at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, and his draft stock is falling as a result.
Te'o isn't the only high-profile player who didn't live up to expectations in Indy, either.
The 40-yard dash times, vertical jumps and positional drills don't give us the full measure of a player, but they can certainly offer insight to a few key attributes for prospects about to enter the NFL.
The combine isn't a be-all, end-all event, but a player who doesn't perform well in such a competitive environment can definitely lose momentum leading up to the draft, as the following young men have experienced for themselves.
Note: All combine information courtesy of NFL.com
Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Te'o needed to make a statement on Monday, and he did.
Unfortunately, it wasn't the statement he wanted to make.
Te'o gave us an underwhelming display of athleticism and explosion. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.82 seconds—the seventh-slowest time of the 26 linebackers running the event.
He also tied for the second-worst mark in the broad jump—a 9'5" jump that demonstrates his lack of burst.
Will Te'o be drafted in Round 1?
The former Notre Dame linebacker performed better in the field drills after the first couple of events, looking especially good in the drills that test how fluid and flexible a player's hips are in coverage. Unfortunately, he ended up falling down during the pass-rushing drill—a symbolic statement about how the entire day went for the star from Notre Dame.
He finished the day with a respectable vertical jump of 33 inches, but the damage was already done. Te'o's draft stock has certainly taken a hit, and he'll need to perform much better at his pro day to avoid falling out of the first round in late-April.
Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
Monday was a banner day for some of the draft's top pass-rushers, but Moore wasn't one of those men making a positive impression.
A highly productive player in college, many scouts wondered if he had the physical tools to dominate in the NFL.
At 6'4" and just 250 pounds, Moore isn't a physically imposing figure on the edge, and his 12 reps—the least of any of the defensive linemen at the combine—on the bench press didn't do him any favors in this regard.
Strength is important, but if you don't possess it, then speed is your ally in the NFL.
Unfortunately, Moore didn't perform well in that capacity either, posting an abysmal time of 4.95 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Two men of similar size—Barkevious Mingo and Dion Jordan, both of whom are slated to be top picks—ran the event in 4.6 seconds or better.
Another way to look at Moore's unimpressive speed is to compare his time with that of 297-pound defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who ran it in 4.92 seconds.
Even though many mock drafts had him pegged as a top-10 pick before the event, Moore might free-fall out of the first round altogether after the combine.
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Before the combine, many scouts had Ertz rated higher than Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert.
After Ertz's performance at the combine, there's no way he's going higher than Eifert, and he likely won't be getting drafted in Round 1.
Which tight end will be a better pro?
The first mark against Ertz was discovered when he was weighed and measured on Thursday. He was found to have short arms that measured 31.75 inches across. As a comparison, Eifert's arms measured at 33.16 inches, and as a general rule, short arms are never a good thing for pass-catchers in the NFL.
Ertz then failed to stand out on Saturday when the tight ends hit the field for drills, running a disappointing 4.76-second 40-yard dash.
The tight end from Stanford may still end up becoming a fine pro player, but all the talk about him being selected in Round 1 will surely cease and desist after his uninspiring combine performance.
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