Daniel Te'o-Nesheim  DE/OLB  Washington 

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


 

STRENGTHS

Daniel is a strong athletic defensive lineman who has the ability to play various positions in multiple style of defenses.  He explodes off the line of scrimmage on every play and it doesn't matter if he has 1-gap or 2-gap responsibilities.  If you need him to shoot the gap, he will do it faster and with more explosion than anyone else in this draft.  If you need him to engage his opponent, control him and then shed and make the tackle he can do that as well.  If you need him to rush that passer with quickness off the line, strength and intimidation, Daniel is your man.  Daniel has exhibited leadership qualities through his play on the field and demands more from himself on every play if he feels he is not answering the call.  He is a self-motivated team player who has the intangibles to be a player a coach can count on to answer the call.  Daniel reminds me a lot of Teddy Bruschi (LB Patriots).  There is no doubt in my mind of the impact Daniel will have for the team that drafts him. 

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

To be honest with you, the only confusion I might have with Daniel is what position would be his most impacting position in my defense.  He has the athletic talent to play a number of them.  DE in a 4-3,  OLB in a 3-4,  DE in a 3-4.  Very underrated and I know that because he played in the Pac 10, most NFL scouts will downgrade Daniel because of the competition.  This will be a big mistake because all you need is a little refining of Daniel's skills to do the trick for your defense!

 

 

BOTTOM LINE

Daniel is a strong, powerful defensive player that gets in his opponent's face on every play and will cause them to make mistakes.  After they make a mistake and Daniel capitalizes on that mistake, he will come just as hard on the next play and make you make another mistake.  Like I said, most teams will downgrade Daniel with the excuse of his lack of competition, but I believe anyone who has had to block Daniel for a whole game will tell you that he is a load to handle every single play.  Daniel will never stop working to be the best NFL player that he can be.  That alone is worth a first round grade in my book.  Somebody in this draft is going to draft themselves a hell of a football player.  In fact, in "Drew's World", Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Tim Tebow represent the true definition of a football player.  Just because you don't know how to pronounce a person's name is no reason not to draft him...I just call him Daniel!

 

Drew Boylhart  3/10