The NFL Scouting Combine remains a huge factor in teams’ pre-draft preparations and can make or break a prospect in terms of draft position, but not everyone around the league puts so much stock in it. Like, for instance, Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Specifically, in an interview on ESPN’s SportsNation this week, Bryant was asked about Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o--whose stock has fallen somewhat after an unimpressive showing in Indianapolis. The Dallas receiver responded that he had “no doubt” that Te’o would still be a first rounder, and questioned whether the combine was as important as some people seem to believe.
“As far as his workouts, I don’t think that really matters,” Bryant said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I think the combine and the pro day and all that type of stuff is overrated. It’s about how you perform on the field. I think he’s probably not used to all the cameras and all that stuff in his face. Just give him a chance. I think he’ll be fine.”
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