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Peter King appeared on the Dan Patrick Radio Show and said the following after Patrick said, "We're going to put a whole lot of emphasis on a 4.8 40 (officially a 4.82) from Manti Te'o. Should we?"
I'm not sure that we are going to put a lot of emphasis. We are today and yesterday. It's a big story. Because he ran slower than what everyone thought he would run. But, I keep coming back to this—somebody's 40 time in the Combine is not going to make somebody not draft him...I just don't think a lot of teams look at Manti Te'o running a 4.81 and say "well, he's off our board." In fact, I know they don't. It's a factor. But there are 100 factors.
King hits a home run with this analysis.
Sure, during Combine week, Te'o's "slower" 40 time will be a hot topic. But it'd be surprising if a team that loved his tape takes him off its board because of his time in that sprint.
Te'o is certainly one of the guys who's better on the field than he is in Under Armor.