Manti Te'o undoubtedly helped himself in the eyes of some teams by improving his time in the 40-yard dash at Notre Dame's recent pro day.
ESPN's Mel Kiper believes it all but removes the possibility of him falling to the second round of the draft:
While Te'o certainly could land in the first round, the odds are still stacked against him.
When projecting where Te'o will land, we need to consider the teams with a need for an inside linebacker who struggles in coverage.
The Giants, Bears, Vikings and Ravens could all use an inside linebacker. However, each team is also lacking a true coverage linebacker. The Bears and Ravens, especially, need to consider how Te'o's coverage skills would hurt the dynamics of their defensive schemes.
To make matters worse for Te'o, this is an unusually strong class of inside linebackers at the top of the draft. Alec Ogletree and Kevin Minter could draw interest from teams in the first roundwith both considerably more effective in coverage than Te'o.
Arthur Brown is another elite coverage linebacker who may draw interest from some teams at inside linebacker.
Te'o is certainly in the first-round discussion, but his place within the top 32 picks is not written in stone.