Considered by most as a fourth- or fifth-round pick, Washington DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim saw his stock rise rapidly after great performances at the Combine and his Pro Day.
That rise brought him all the way to the third round, where the Eagles made him their third choice of the draft at No. 86 overall.
Much like Brandon Graham, Te’o-Nesheim doesn’t seem to be a “prototype” end, but he was a four-year starter who left Washington as the all-time sack leader (30).
Te'o-Nesheim is a high-motor guy, a relentless pass rusher who uses his immense power (29 bench press reps at the Combine) to battle even the biggest of linemen. He’s also very quick—posting excellent times in the shuttle drills—and has a great vertical leap that, combined with his length, can help him be a bit of a force if he has to drop into zone coverage.
He was a second-team All-Pac 10 pick in 2009, posting a line of 11 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, and five forced fumbles.
Plus, he’s Samoan, which is never a bad thing.
With Te’o-Nesheim and Graham now in the fold with Trent Cole, it’s clear that the Eagles are building a stable of speed rushers to torment Eli Manning, Tony Romo, Donovan McNabb, and the rest of the NFC.