Birds add defensive end from Washington

The Eagles selected Washington DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim in the third round. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

After a flurry of trades to move down, the Eagles selected Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, a defensive end from Washington, in the third round at No. 86 overall.

The pick was acquired from Green Bay earlier in the night in the Birds' third of three deals.

Te’o-Nesheim (6-3 1/2, 263) leaves Washington as the school’s all-time sacks leader with 30.5 (the previous record was 28). He made 194 career tackles and 50.5 tackles for loss (third in school history). He started al 49 games in his career.

Last season, he had 11 sacks, tied for fourth most in a single season at UW, was named all-Pac 10 second team.


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“I think I am tough and definitely durable," he said. "I think of myself as a high-effort guy and I’ll do whatever is asked on or off the field.”

He came to Philadelphia about 2 weeks ago for a visit with the Eagles.

“I love how rabid the fans are and I love watching their defense play," he said. "We watched a lot of their defensive line when I came on my visit and it was just really exciting to see how hard they play. Even when I talked to Washington [defensive coordinator] Coach [Nick] Holt about it, he said that they are a great defense to play for and I would love to go there. That’s what I was thinking as soon as I watched that film.”

He could potentially end up playing some linebacker, and some draft forecasts had him as being better suited as a 3-4 linebacker than a 4-3 end. 

“I’ll just be happy to play wherever they want me to," he said. "I played a couple snaps (at linebacker), but I dropped into coverage in our defense, so I have no problems wherever they want me to go.”

Te’o-Nesheim was born in Samoa, went to a prep school in Hawaii and then enrolled at Washington.

In case you are wondering about his name, Te'o is his mother's last name and Nesheim is his father's last name.

He said only watched parts of the draft and was not watching when he got the call from the Eagles. “I was just lying down and looking at the ceiling,” he said.

Earlier tonight, the Eagles selected South Florida safety Nate Allen with the 37th overall pick, acquired from Washington in the Donovan McNabb trade.

It is the first time the Eagles have selected defensive players with their first three picks since 2002, when the Birds selected Lito Sheppard, Michael Lewis and Sheldon Brown.

Barring another trade to get an additional third-rounder, the Eagles’ night is complete. They have nine picks Saturday – No. 105, 121, 122 and 125 in the fourth, 134 and 146 in the fifth, 200 in the sixth, and 243 and 244 in the seventh.


Name: Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
School: Washington
Position: Defensive end
Selection: 86th overall
Height, weight: 6-3 1/2, 264
Birthplace: Samoa, went to prep school in Hawaii
The numbers: Started all 49 games in his college career, recording a school-record 30.5 sacks. Had 194 tackles and 50.5 tackles for loss (third in school history). Caused eight fumbles.
Honors: Along with being named All-Pac 10 second team, he won the Guy Flaherty Most Inspirational Award, the oldest and most prestigious team honor at Washington. Also won the L. Wait Rising Linemen Award, the John P. Angel Lineman of the Year and the defensive weightlifting award. Also was a team captain.
In 2009: His 11 sacks tied Dennis Brown (2009) for fourth in school history in a single season. Had three sacks vs. Cal (also had three sacks vs. Arizona ni 2008). Forced five fumbles.
On track: Competed in the throwing events early in his college career and qualified for the Pac-10 finals in the shot put and discus during the 2006-07 season.


To read our earlier post, including a report on South Florida safety Nate Allen, click here.