At the NFL Draft combine, he was supposed to show that off.
Unfortunately, he fell pretty far short of expectations, running the 40-yard dash in a rather slow 4.82 seconds.
Of course, he had an explanation for it.
It's a bit disconcerting to see a guy who wants to play in the NFL talking about being stressed out after a long day at the NFL Combine.
The life of an NFL player is full of long days.
If Manti Te'o truly wants to be an NFL player, he needs to get used to high stress levels, long days, and grueling work loads.
He'll be expected to be a leader on whatever team drafts him, because that's the narrative. That's the way he has defined himself thus far, and that's the story that the media have given us.
Can he really lead an NFL defense, if the stress of the scouting combine forced him to run a sub-par 40 time? Is that really the kind of man that you want leading your team?
The more we learn about Manti Te'o, the less he looks like a 1st round prospect. If this continues, he might find himself falling out of the 2nd round, as well.