Manti Te’o ran his long-awaited 40-yard dashes Tuesday at Notre Dame’s pro day and was slightly faster than he was at last month’s NFL scouting combine.
ESPN’s Todd McShay timed Te’o at 4.75 seconds in his first 40 and 4.71 seconds in his second.
The times represent an improvement upon his 4.82-second 40 at the combine of about one-tenth of a second.
“I felt good. I’m at home now,” Te’o told reporters. “I was very pleased with how I performed.”
Official times will not be released for the 40s of Notre Dame players at Tuesday’s pro day. However, Notre Dame unofficially clocked Te’o at 4.69 seconds — two-hundredths of a second faster than McShay’s unofficial time.
Following Te’o’s subpar performance at the combine, he said he expected to post better workout results at his pro day.
“I just expected to run faster than I did at the combine,” he said. “That’s exactly what I did.”
ESPN’s Bill Polian, a former general manager and president of three NFL teams, believes that Te’o is “in the mix” to be a first-round draft pick thanks to the results of Tuesday’s workout.
Te’o also has been projected as a first-round pick by McShay and fellow ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
However, Te’o has turned down invitations from the NFL to attend the draft in New York on April 25, sources informed of his decision told ESPN. The first invite occurred when Te’o visited the league office for an awards banquet and another came earlier this month, according to sources.
McShay, in his latest mock draft, predicted Te’o will be the 32nd overall pick. Kiper’s latest mock draft has the linebacker pegged as the 19th overall selection.
Despite his outstanding senior season at Notre Dame, Te’o has received intense scrutiny following his poor showing in the Discover BCS National Championship and the revelation in January that he was the focus of an elaborate hoax involving a fake girlfriend.
Te’o said he’s met with some NFL teams and they’ve asked about his highly publicized online romance, which turned out to be a hoax. He said some ask about it briefly, while others go more in depth.