Many were speculating that NFL executives were hesitant of Manti Te’o after the whole “cat-fishing” situation. But now one NFL executive has confirmed it. New York Jets senior personnel executive Terry Bradway talked about it on “Jets Talk Live” on the New York Jets website.
“It’s an unusual situation, that’s for sure. I feel bad for him. I mean, the stress of the situation has to have had an impact on his training somehow. I think he’s going to run faster than that at his pro day at the end of March,” Bradway said, as transcribed by Pro Football Talk.
“He’s a good football player,” he added. “I know a lot of us gave him pretty good grades, but when you look at the Alabama game and you look at what’s happened since, it just scares you a little bit. I know their whole defense struggled against Alabama – a lot of missed tackles – they’re a good football team but I think its caused everybody to go back and re-watch and see exactly what we have here. It’s going to be interesting to see where he’s drafted.”
Te’o ran a slow 40 time at 4.82, a time which LeBron James said he beat with no training. But he has intangibles that could make him a steal if he slips out of the first round.