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UPDATE: Te'o shows improvement at Notre Dame pro day


After he struggled at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, many people questioned whether or not Irish Linebacker Manti Te'o was a legitimate NFL first round pick and Notre Dame pro day may have been his last chance to answer some of his doubters.

"It was more comfortable being out here performing at Notre Dame," said Te'o, after his workout. "I was very pleased with what happened [at pro day]."

For Te'o, there truly was no place like home. After running a 4.82 second 40-yard-dash in Indianapolis, he redeemed himself at Tuesday morning's pro day clocking in a 4.69 forty time. It was a great improvement that many feel will help solidify him a spot in the first round of the upcoming draft.

Coach Brian Kelly was asked about Te'o's times in a new conference on Wednesday.  He thought they had a smaller impact than other factors.  "He's got leadership ability, he's got skill and he's got character," Kelly said those are more important than 40-yard-dash times.

It is not just questions about speed that scouts are looking for answers to from Manti, though. It has been almost two and half months since the girlfriend hoax story broke, but teams are still asking about it.

"Everybody wants to know [about the hoax]," said Te'o "Everyone wants a brief. Some guys just want a brief minute about what happened. Some guys go into more depth, but overall it's been a great opportunity and it went better than I expected."

Despite a few more meetings with teams between now and draft day, Manti says he is glad to be done with workouts and can now just look forward to getting drafted.

"You gotta perform, this is when you gotta kick it into over drive, " said Te'o. "We're definitely pleased and very happy this process is over."

While the cameras were mostly there for him, Te'o was not the only one looking for an impressive Pro-Day. Tight end Tyler Eifert did very well at the NFL Combine in his speed and strength deals, but he wanted to use Pro-Day to show he has got first round talent too.

"At the combine, I don't know how I looked on the outside, but I was nervous," said Eifert. "It was a stressful period and you got a lot on the line there. [At pro day] I was able to focus more on football specific drills which is what I've grown up doing."

Not every Notre Dame draft prospect got the luxury of showing off at the combine in February. Tuesday's pro day was the first opportunity for some players, like wide receiver John Goodman, to give NFL scouts an idea of what they could do in the league.

"I did all I could for [the scouts]," said Goodman. "Combine or here it doesn't matter, they are going to want the same things out of me and see the same things. I feel like I showed what they want to see."

Now that Notre Dame Pro Day is over, the players will wait until late April to see if their dream of having their name called during the NFL draft will come true.

"It's an exciting time," said Notre Dame center Braxston Cave. "I've been waiting a long time for this and it's finally here. I'm going to enjoy this last month of living at home and being around family and we'll see where I go."

The NFL Draft runs from April 25-27.

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