The Eagles decided to add another DE at #86 and took Washington Huskie star Daniel Te'o Nesheim. Interesting pick. Let's start by talking about the player. Teo (for short) is a relentless pass rusher. He set the PAC-10 record for sacks. He was a very good college player.
Teo never looked like a top athlete on tape. He was more of an effort guy. He plays strong and physical. He played on both sides and sometimes slid into DT. Very fun kid to watch. Never took a down off and played like his life depended on it. The ultimate compliment I can give to a defensive prospect is that he's a Ravens kind of player. And Teo is a Ravens kind of player.
What does this mean for the Eagles? Maybe Juqua Parker becomes trade bait. I could see some 3-4 teams looking at him. Maybe Victor Abiamiri is in for a change. We could permanently make him a DT. We could trade or cut him. Hard to say not knowing his health status.
We now have 4 DEs that are in their prime or younger:
Daniel Te'o Nesheim
Add in VA and Juqua and that is a lot of depth. I like it. You want young legs on the D-line if possible.
Here is my scouting report on Teo:
Excellent effort guy. Has pretty good size and is a physical player. Good motor. Won't stay blocked. Good shoulder dip. Used a very good swim move to get sack, FF vs UCLA. Plays both sides. Lacks explosive burst. More of an effort guy. Realizes he isn't a speed demon and plays accordingly. He stays low, which makes him tough to block. He uses his arms well to keep blockers off his body. Daniel is a strong, physical player. He means business when it comes to making contact. He will catch some blockers off guard with a power move and get them on their heels. Able to overpower some big OL. Sometimes will slide in to DT. Good production, but sacks tended to come in bunches. 12 of his 29 career sacks came in 5 games. Did have 46 TFLs and 8 FFs.
Had a good showing at the Shrine Game. Had a terrific workout at the Combine. Tested better than I would have expected.
I wish that athletic ability showed up more often on game tape. I'm not sure if he is good enough to start in the NFL. I do think he could be a valuable role player and STer. He'll probably go in the 4th or 5th round.
For those who haven't read it, here is a real interesting article on pass rushers in the 2010 draft.
I know we still need a CB. So do Howie and Andy. I have to believe they have a plan in place. I'll do some snooping and see what I can find out. I'm at a loss just like you. I like the players we took and I like the picks we have for tomorrow. I just want us to add a CB so that I can feel better about that spot. Ellis Hobbs isn't my idea of a good starter.