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Notre Dame's defense carried the program back to prominence in 2012, with the Fighting Irish allowing 12.8 points per game to rank second in the nation. Motta had the second-most tackles (77) on that unit, trailing only Manti Te'o, but he may have an uphill battle to earn a similarly robust role in the NFL. While he's a solid athlete with good size and strength, his lack of speed could be a liability in coverage at the next level. Motta ran the 40-yard dash in 4.83 seconds at the NFL combine, slower than any other safety and even slower than Te'o, whose 4.82 was disappointing as a linebacker. Motta also doesn't have a track record as a playmaker against the pass, with no interceptions last year and just two in four seasons in South Bend. What he does have is plenty of experience on special teams, sure hands as a tackler and good instincts and intelligence as a defender. While Motta may not be ready to be an every-down safety in the NFL, he could bring a team value as a situational defensive back and a high-energy special teamer at the next level, and that should earn him a selection in the second half of the draft.