Not often is Matt Miller split on a prospect, but this seems to be the case with Motta. In fact, he asked former NFL player and current analyst Matt Bowen for an opinion on the Notre Dame product.
@MattBowen41 Check out Zeke Motta and Shamarko Thomas if you haven't yet. Would love your take. I'm torn on both.
This seems to be the overriding case as it relates to Motta. As someone that watched every Notre Dame game of his career, my opinion still remains a bit muddled.
He doesn't necessarily possess the athleticism and coverage ability to be a standout safety. On another note, his leadership and intelligence remind me a great deal of his former teammate, Harrison Smith, who I wasn't high on last season.
Shame on me, right?
Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke paints a less-than-stellar picture of Motta's athleticism:
As far as slow Notre Dame defenders go, I was way more surprised/disappointed by Zeke Motta's time than Manti Te'o's.
I am not sure "surprised" is the right term here. We already knew that speed wasn't his biggest strength going in and that didn't change.
This didn't stop Senior Bowl's official Twitter account from pointing out what most of us already knew:
There's a reason Bama ran through Irish in BCS. Te'o ran 4.84 and safety Zeke Motta just clocked 4.79. No chance v. Lacy and Co
Maybe Motta is a perfect example of relying on game film more than combine or pro day numbers. He will have a relatively lengthy NFL career.
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