Scouting Report: Daniel Te’o-Nesheim

Written by Rob Engle on April 22, 2010

Daniel Te’o-Nesheim

Position: DE School: Washington
Height: 6’3 1/2 Weight: 263 lbs
Class: RS-Senior 40 time: 4.76

Overall Grade:


Draft Projection:

3rd Round

Non-position specific categories


Max. Value


Height/Weight 6 5
Speed 8 4.5
Quickness/Agility 10 5.5
Strength/Explosion 10 8
Athletic Ability 8 4.5
Durability 8 7.5
Character 6 5
Production/Experience 6 5.5
Toughness 8 6
Potential 10 7

Defensive Line Specific Categories


Max. Value


Run Stopping 8 6
Pass Rushing 8 6.5
Awareness 8 5
Hand Placement 8 5.5

Explanation of Player Grading System


Very good size for a DE/OLB. Has good length and can keep defenders at bay. Is polished in almost every aspect of the game. Anchors well against the run and doesn’t let people move him. Has good hip flexibility to bend around the corner to get to a QB. Good pass rusher with a variety of pass rush moves. Aggressive and tenacious with a good motor. Good tackler. Disengages well from blockers. Has a little bit of experience dropping into coverage. Heavy hands and has a strong punch. Sets the edge well in the run game well.


First step is average. Not very fast or quick. Doesn’t get great leverage or get under a guys pads. Looks a little stiff at times. Lower body could use some work in the weight room. Average athlete.


He was severely underrated until a few weeks before the draft and his stock finally hit 3rd round level. He’s got a lot of potential and 3-4 teams will like him for his ability to set the edge in the run game and his potential for pass coverage and obvious pass rushing talent. Teams looking at him as a 4-3 end will think he’s very polished and ready to contribute, but teams looking at him as a 3-4 OLB will think he’s raw and needs time to develop. Might only be a pass rush specialist his first year in that scenario.


Four year starter at Washington, starting at both defensive end and defensive tackle.

Awards and Honors

2009: 2nd team All-Pac 10.
2008: 2nd team All-Pac 10.
2007: n/a
2006: Honorable mention Academic All-Pac 10.


Interdisciplinary visual arts major at Washington.


No history of injuries.

Career Stats
Year Tack Solo Asst Sack FF Int TD
2009 34 26 8 9 1 0 0
2008 65 41 24 8 0 0 0
2007 57 31 26 8 0 0 0
2006 35 15 20 2 0 0 0

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Rob Engle

Rob Engle scouted privately starting in 2004. Rob participated in an internship with the Baltimore Ravens scouting department and is continuing his professional career by attending Miami University (Ohio) to obtain a degree in Strategic Communication. Rob is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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