At the 2013 NFL Combine, all 32 teams were allowed an opportunity to get an up-close look at this year's incoming draft class. Held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the prospects participated in a strenuous examination process. And for the players, some rise to the occasion, while others wilt or can't handle the pressure.
There has been one individual in particular that has been under the spotlight, and that is Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o. Now, there are some like Adam Schefter that believe Te'o really helped his draft stock. However, others might disagree.
Manti Te'o does not make out of the first round.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2013
Te'o did not physically wow scouts at the combine. In fact, the best thing about his entire visit was his debut presser that was held earlier in the process.
Following a less than stellar forty time, Te'o gave some mildly alarming post-combine comments. He seemed comatose, saying the combine was a "very exhausting process." He cited meeting with teams, competing in events and a lack of sleep as reasons for his mediocre day.
He vowed to do better at his Pro Day, but not seizing the big moment at the combine is a little disconcerting, especially given his no-show performance in the BCS Championship versus Alabama. He didn't take responsibility for his numbers, and gave excuses once again. And he also seems to disappear around high levels of competition.
There may be a few teams that are high on him, but there are still some very apparent red flags.