Notre Dame pro day results 2013: Manti Te'o shows improvement from NFL combine

Jonathan Daniel

Te'o has taken some hits since the end of the college football season, but he managed to give his draft hopes a boost on his pro day.

Manti Te'o tried his best to rehabilitate his draft stock on Tuesday, working out in front of scouts and media at Notre Dame's pro day. Activities both on (the National Championship game) and off (the hoax) the field have cost Te'o some status, and his pro day might not have done much to boost him back up the board.

The biggest result from Te'o's pro day is an improvement on his 40-yard dash time. He ran a disappointing 4.82 seconds at the NFL Combine, but reports indicate he was in the 4.7 range on Tuesday, with a 4.75 second run reported, and other reports putting him as low as 4.68. That's still slow, ranking in the bottom half of times recorded by other linebackers posted at the Combine, but it may be enough to convince teams to take another look and consider his other attributes.

As the scouting report noted, Te'o has strong fundamentals and can handle zone coverage over the middle of the field. The Chicago Bears are one of the teams that have been linked with Te'o, and Bears blog Windy City Gridiron took a look at how he might fit in Chicago. The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens hold the very last pick in the first round, so Te'o would have to fall all that way for him to be in reach, but Ravens blog Baltimore Beatdown considered the possibility.

Tyler Eifert was another member of the Fighting Irish working out on Tuesday. The latest mock draft already shows Eifert as the first tight end being taken, and reports indicate he impressed at his pro day. One scout noted Eifert was the best tight end this year, according to Dane Brugler, saying "I want him on my team." Eifert is projected to go to the Miami Dolphins, and Dolphins blog The Phinsider took a detailed look at the prospect.

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