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Manti Te'o Improves 40-Yard Dash Time


Head Coach John Harbaugh didn’t look too impressed when Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te'o ran the 40-yard dash at the combine.

Harbaugh wasn't on hand to see Te'o run Tuesday at his pro day, but he may have had a more positive reaction.

According to ESPN's Todd McShay, Te'o ran a 4.71, which is more than a tenth of a second faster than his time at the combine (4.82). Notre Dame does not release official times.

It's still not a blazing run, considering it would have been tied for the 10th-best among combine linebackers, and it's unknown whether it will make much of a difference on his draft stock.

Draftniks and analysts knocked Te'o after the combine, many of which saying his slow speed showed he couldn't be a three-down linebacker in the NFL because he wouldn't be able to keep up in pass coverage.

But some analysts say speed isn't all that important for Te'o, and his tape, leadership and instincts still make him a first-round pick.

Te'o has been slowly moving up mock drafts after being a very popular projection for the Ravens at No. 32. A number of mocks have him going to the Minnesota Vikings, who like Baltimore, have a need at inside linebacker, at picks No. 23 or No. 25.

However, Te'o has reportedly turned down two invitations to attend the draft at Radio City Music Hall, which analysts believe could be because he doesn't want to be sitting around for a while.

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