Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o - Joe Robbins
The linebackers took the field in Indianapolis for their combine workouts on Monday, and a few under-the-radar prospects impressed in their drills.
The linebackers took the field on Monday for their workouts, which as usual saw a few players sit out, some impress in their timed drills, and one big name disappoint in his 40-yard dash.
Manti Te'o was the big name, and was hoping to run his 40 in the 4.7 second range to help boost his stock back into the first round. He came up short, however, running a 4.82. That was right around the same time as LSU's Kevin Minter, who ran a 4.81, but a tenth of a second slower than Alec Ogletree's 4.70. Those three are vying to be the top inside linebacker drafted.
The big surprise was Zaviar Gooden from Missouri, who put up the best times in the 40 (4.47 seconds), the cone drill (6.71), and both shuttle drills (4.18, 11.28). Georgia's Cornelius Washington impressed as well, running the second-fastest 40 at 4.55 seconds, and leading the linebackers with 36 reps on the bench press. Jamie Collins of Southern Mississippi impressed by putting up the best vertical (41.5 inches) and the best broad jump (139 inches).
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