Former Notre Dame players seized on their final opportunity to impress NFL scouts. For Manti Te’o, it was his last desperate chance to prove that he was a 1st Round player. For Tyler Eifert, it was a chance to clean up a few things and sure up his status as the number one Tight End. For players who were not invited to the combine, it was their chance to show that they were worthy of playing in the NFL.
Manti Te’o showed some improvement on the 40 yard dash when he ran an unofficial 4.71 during his pro day work out. This was an improvement over his 4.82 at the combine. One scout had Te’o as low as 4.68. He benched 225lbs 21 times after not benching at the NFL Combine in February. According to ESPN’s Todd McShay, Te’o will likely now go in the first round of the NFL Draft in April.
Eifert worked on position drills after electing not to run. He attempted to demonstrate his blocking ability in the position drills and in 1-on-1s. If there is one downside to Eifert’s game, it would be as an inline blocker. He also impressed those in attendance with his ability to catch the ball, which is not surprising because Eiftert was primarily used as an offensive weapon throughout his college career.
Te’o was of course the headliner but other Notre Dame players worked to improve their draft stock as well. Zeke Motta, Cierre Wood and Theo Riddick also participated in today’s workout. Motta apparently ran in the mid 4.6s according to Irish Illustrated.