Is Daniel Te'o-Nesheim Another Eagles Mid-Round Wonder?

Jim Reed@@jdreed68Contributor IJune 26, 2010

SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 28: Daniel Te'o-Nesheim #66 of the Washington Huskies moves on the field during the Apple Cup game against the Washington State Cougars on November 28, 2009 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Cougars 30-0. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Brandon Graham and Nate Allen, In my opinion, were almost perfect picks for the Eagles in the first and second rounds. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (TAY-OH-Nesh-em) is the last person I expected to hear called when the Eagles finally selected in the 3rd round of the NFL Draft.

And this excites me!!

Te'o-Nesheim was one of the key members of the Washington Huskies defense. He red-shirted in 2005 and earned the scout team defensive player of the year award. In 2007 he became the Huskies defensive MVP, won the Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational Award, the John P. Angel Defensive Lineman of the Year award, the L. Wait Rising Lineman of the Year award, and was named a team captain. He started all 49 games of his college career recording a total of 194 tackles, 30 sacks, 50.5 tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries.

This is all well and nice, and very researchable on-line, but what excites me the most is he didn't stand out in the draft. The "experts" had him going somewhere in the 5th or 6th round. Te'o-Nesheim can play with his hand on the ground as a DE or DT and off the ground as a OLB. This makes him a true "Tweener" defensive player that can be moved around and lost on the line. The last player the Eagles had that played very well like that was not an OLB/DE, He was a safety named Brian Dawkins.

If you look at his Youtube Video

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you will see that he has the ability to sneak up on quarterbacks like the " Boogieman". He has a nose for the ball and attacks it. This is a talent that any defensive coordinator would love to have.

The Eagles (under Andy Reid) also have a recent history of pulling great talent out of the mid rounds of the draft. Brian Westbrook and Stewart Bradley were taken in the third, Jason Avant was taken in the fourth, and Brent Celek and Trent Cole were both taken in the 5th round.

Although I would love to see him start and flourish in the Eagles system, I have a strong feeling that he will see time in the 2010 season as a special teams player. His downhill running style and ball hunting ability will flourish in special teams. I feel that he will also see time as a backup OLB or possibly rotate in at DE.

For me, possibly due to pure curiosity, I think he is the player to watch in training camp.

Who are you looking to see in camp?