The NFL Scouting Combine festivities are coming to a close, and players are seeing their stocks drop. With a hyped up season, it can be easy to expect certain players to excel. These past few days, however, have proved not everyone lives up to those expectations.
Three players gave underwhelming performances, and while the combine isn't the ultimate factor, it does give a glimpse into their future as an NFL player.
Manti Te'o hasn't given an incredible performance. He's not doing as well as many expected (or maybe he is). While his handling of the media has gone well, his on-field execution has not. Running a 4.82 in the 40-yard dash, Te'o got off to a slow start. Considering he's lighter—241 pounds—than his competitors, Te'o's not convincing coaching staffs.
He also declined to do the weight-lifting segment due to a shoulder injury.
Te'o will get drafted, but his performance at the combine didn't improve his stock at all. It may have dropped him. His film will have to be his saving grace.
Even then, it may not be enough to propel him upwards.
Damontre Moore is also causing disappointment. Moore began as a leading pass rush prospect, but now he is dropping. Moore was only able to manage 11 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. Weighing in at 250 pounds, 11 reps is not impressive.
Moore also struggled in the 40-yard dash, running a 4.95. This weak run is due to a hamstring injury, but the number still counts. Moore is competing against an extremely talented group. With this inadequate performance, Moore could fall behind.
The combine isn't the be all end all, but the performances can't be denied. It is imperative that a player brings their best, and these players haven't shown it.
They're not out of the game, but they're certainly not where they began either.
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