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Te'o's 40-Yard Dash Leaves Questions

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    Manti Te'o may have run himself out of the first round of the NFL Draft, and out of the Chicago Bears potential plans. 

    Te’o's 40-yard dash was less than impressive. 

    The middle linebacker clocked unofficial times of 4.81 and 4.80. He officially clocked in at 4.82 seconds. The Bears cover-2 scheme requires a fast middle linebacker to drop into coverage, and the combine stats may work against Te'o in that regard. 

    NFL.com lists 12 defensive linemen that ran at least a 4.81 in the same 40.

    Another factor affecting Te’o’s stock in the draft is his unexpected weight loss. The linebacker measured 6-foot-2, 255 pounds playing at Notre Dame, but only measured in at 6-foot-1, 241 pounds this weekend.