Had a chance to talk for a little while with Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, who is expected to be chosen in the NFL Draft either today or tomorrow, and is spending the time waiting in Seattle.
How’s he feeling as the draft nears?
“Anxious more than anything,” said the player who had 30 sacks at UW to become the school’s all-time leader.
Despite that production, Te’o-Nesheim was regarded as a late-round pick, at best, when the season ended.
But his stock improved after the NFL Combine and a few other workouts where he was able to show off his quickess, including running a 4.67 40-yard dash at UW’s Pro Day.
“The coaches I’ve talked to said the Combine has helped me a lot,” he said. “My 10-yard speed and my agility drills helped because a lot of people thought I was an unathletic overachiever, and I think that kind of made a big difference.”
Te’o-Nesheim said he visited the Raiders, Eagles and Patriots but that along the way he thinks he spoke to every other NFL team. “I can’t think of a team I didn’t talk to,” he said.
The fact he had some sort of contact with just about everyone has him with no clue where he might go.
“No one knows,” he said. “And if they do say they know, they’re lying.”
Te’o-Nesheim is listed as a defensive end but teams also have talked to him about being an outside linebacker in 3-4 schemes, which he said is just fine with him.
“I’d be a small player as the defensive end in those schemes,” he said.
Te’o-Nesheim has already graduated from UW with a degree in art, so that part of his future is secure.
And he got a little taste of the good life that could be to come when he was flown to ESPN for a day for a photo shoot. He said the best part was actual the night before when he went to a hamburger joint.
As the draft nears, he said he’s mostly just to hear his name called — when doesn’t really matter.
“I definintely I don’t think what round or what pick really matters in my case really,” he said. “It’s just getting a shot.”
April 23, 2010 at 3:45 PM
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