With the 86th pick in NFL draft the Philadelphia Eagles select DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim

via davesizer.com

After 3 straight trades, the Eagles finally made their second selection of the draft's second day with their pick of DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim from Washington.

The 6'3 265lb Te'o-Nesheim was a guy the Eagles were reported to have interest in and the first of their picks that had been invited to Philly for a pre draft visit.

Scouting report from NFL.com

Strengths

A tough competitor who was a four-year starter in the Pac-10. Gets hands inside blockers' pads and sheds effectively to get after the passer. Prepares well and tracks the ball in traffic. Relentless effort allows him to get the most of his abilities.

Weaknesses

Does not have the size to play defensive end at the next level and lacks the athleticism to play outside linebacker. Slow getting off the ball and does not have the lateral agility to get around the edge. Gets pushed around in the running game and does not have the speed to make plays from the backside.

Most reports say he projects as a situational rusher at best. So far, NFL.com has Te'o-Nesheim as the lowest graded pick of the 3rd round. Reminds me a lot of the Bryan Smith pick in the 3rd round a few years ago. Reached for a high motor pass rusher... but he flamed out quick.

[Note by JasonB, 04/23/10 9:53 PM EDT ] Word is that the Eagles play to Te'o-Nesheim at SAM LB. So not Bryan Smith 2.0, Chris Gocong 2.0 Further correction. Reid has said that he will play DE/DT. Pass rusher in nickel schemes.

Mike Mayock says Te'o-Nesheim is his top sleeper at DE. He also projected him as a 6th or 7th round pick. Like Brandon Graham, Te'o-Nesheim is another guy that's described as "relentless" and "high motor" very often. Seems like "effort" is the theme of the Eagles draft so far.
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