That’s not to say that Te’o’s improved 40-yard dash time or his 21 reps in the bench press weren’t good. His 4.7 time in the 40 was a tenth of a second better than what he ran at the NFL Combine last month. Te’o did help himself, but the reason his stock won’t rise that much is because the infamous girlfriend hoax didn’t hurt his stock as much as some would like to think.
Te’o was projected as a mid-first-round pick before the hoax and is projected as a mid-first-round pick after his pro day. There are a handful of teams who need help at inside linebacker and could take Te’o, or Georgia’s Alec Ogletree. Teams like Minnesota, Chicago, and Baltimore definitely have some holes to fill - especially the Bears and Ravens, who have to replace legends in Brian Urlacher and the now-retired Ray Lewis.
The list of CFU’s top five inside backers doesn’t include Kansas State’s Arthur Brown, who has questions about his shoulder, Missouri’s Zaviar Gooden and Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene - all of whom are projected more as an outside linebacker, but could probably play inside in a 3-4 scheme.