Te'o-Nesheim, Lauvao get call in third round
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Two Hawai'i players —Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and Shawn Lauvao — were selected in the third round of yesterday's NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Other notable players selected on the second day of the draft were Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, Stanford's Toby Gerhart, Texas' Colt McCoy and Alabama's Terrence "Mount" Cody.
Te'o-Nesheim, a Hawai'i Prep alum who played defensive end at the University of Washington, was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles.
He was the 86th player chosen overall and just one spot after much-heralded quarterback McCoy.
Lauvao, a Farrington alum who played offensive line for Arizona State, was picked by the Cleveland Browns, the 92nd player selected overall.
All told, three players from Hawai'i were selected in the first three rounds of the draft, which started in prime time Thursday for the first time.
No University of Hawai'i player was selected in the first three rounds.
On Thursday, Saint Louis School alum and University of California defensive lineman Tyson Alualu was taken in the first round by Jacksonville, the 10th player overall.
The only Hawai'i players selected higher in the NFL draft were Herman Wedemeyer (1947) and Al Harris (1979), both of whom were selected ninth overall.
The 6-foot-3 1/2, 267-pound Te'o-Nesheim had an outstanding NFL combine in February.
He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72, had 29 reps in the 225-pound bench press and recorded a vertical jump of 37 inches.
Te'o-Nesheim had the fifth-best vertical (the top four jumped 38 inches), second best three-cone drill and third-best 20-yard shuttle among defensive linemen.
An NFL scout said Te'o-Nesheim was "coming up" in the draft. "He's got a great motor," the scout said.
NFL.com provided this analysis: "As a high-motor edge player with good instincts, Te'o-Nesheim shows a knack for making disruptive plays in the backfield. Although still inconsistent in several aspects of his game, Te'o-Nesheim's potential makes him worthy of the gamble at this point."
Te'o-Nesheim finished his career as the all-time sacks leader (30) after recording 11 his senior season with the Huskies. He also started 49 consecutive games.
He is the second Hawai'i Prep athlete in two years to be selected in the NFL draft.
Last year, the Seattle Seahawks selected Oregon center and HPA alum Max Unger in the second round.
The 6-foot-3, 304-pound Lauvao played left guard and both tackle positions while at Arizona State.
As starter since his sophomore season, Lauvao was the team captain his senior season.
He recorded a 5.25 40-yard dash, 33 reps in the bench and 31 inches in the vertical.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper described Lauvao as "an underrated offensive guard prospect who could also project to center in the NFL. He has ability and could be a decent-to-good starter on Sundays."
BIG NAMES WAIT A WHILE TO BE CALLED
The big crowd for the second night of the NFL draft had to wait for the big names to go. They got a star-studded show while they hung around yesterday.
Until quarterbacks Clausen and McCoy, running back Gerhart, and nose tackle Cody were selected, the audience was treated to Jim Brown, Dan Marino and Ray Lewis. Floyd Little, Rod Woodson and John Randle.
Unfortunately, they were announcing the selections.
Eventually, those choices became high-profile, beginning with Fighting Irish QB Clausen at 48th overall — more than 40 picks lower than some projected.
Clausen, a three-year regular under Charlie Weis, was 16-18 as a starter after being one of the nation's most sought recruits. The Panthers' choice drew scattered boos, but with Jake Delhomme gone and Matt Moore the incumbent, Carolina seems a good landing spot.
"I think it's going to help me tremendously, being in coach (Charlie) Weis' system," Clausen said of the offense run by John Fox in Carolina. "Coach Fox told me he said it was the same exact system I've played in the last three years. I'm really excited about that."
Clausen, the first Notre Damer chosen this year, kicked off a spurt of more recognizable selections — and three All-Americans. The first Southern Cal player, safety Taylor Mays, went to San Francisco, followed by Alabama cornerback-kick returner Javier Arenas to Kansas City, and Gerhart, the Heisman runner-up, to the Vikings.
Minnesota, which did not select Thursday night, traded up 11 spots in the second round for Gerhart, also a top baseball prospect. The Vikings needed a backup to star runner Adrian Peterson after losing Chester Taylor in free agency.
"I'm there to complement the best running back in the league, Adrian Peterson," Gerhart said. "It's amazing. I remember when I first started college, Adrian Peterson was the man in college. I remember saying I want to emulate my game after him."
McCoy finally was drafted, 85th overall, by Cleveland. That was one slot after his favorite target with the Longhorns, Jordan Shipley, went to Cincinnati.
On hand to make the announcement about his four-year starter and the winningest QB in NCAA history: Texas coach Mack Brown.
"It has been a long day," McCoy said after speaking to Browns president Mike Holmgren. "I told him, 'You won't regret it and we'll win a lot of games.' "
Wideout Golden Tate, Clausen's college teammate, went 60th overall to Seattle.
Other notables on Day 2: Kansas City got a prime kick returner and receiving threat in 5-foot-8, 165-pound Dexter McCluster of Mississippi; Alabama's 350-pound All-American defensive tackle, Cody, went to Baltimore; and Cincinnati selected Florida linebacker Carlos Dunlap.
South Florida safety Nate Allen was taken by Philadelphia with the second-rounder the Eagles got from Washington for Donovan McNabb.
TEAM BY TEAM DRAFT PICKS
1 (26) Dan Williams, dt, Tennessee.
2 (47) Daryl Washington, lb, TCU.
3 (88) Andre Roberts, wr, The Citadel.
1 (19) Sean Weatherspoon, lb, Missouri.
3 (83) Corey Peters, dt, Kentucky.
3 (98) Mike Johnson, g, Alabama.
2 (43) Sergio Kindle, lb, Texas.
2 (57) Terrence Cody, dt, Alabama.
3 (70) Ed Dixon, te, Oregon.
1 (9) C.J. Spiller, rb, Clemson.
2 (41) Torell Troup, dt, UCF.
3 (72) Alex Carrington, de, Arkansas State.
2 (48) Jimmy Clausen, qb, Notre Dame.
3 (78) Brandon LaFell, wr, LSU.
3 (89) Armanti Edwards, wr, Appalachian State.
3 (75) Major Wright, db, Florida.
1 (21) Jermaine Gresham, te, Oklahoma.
2 (54) Carlos Dunlap, de, Florida.
3 (84) Jordan Shipley, wr, Texas.
3 (96) Brandon Ghee, db, Wake Forest.
1 (7) Joe Haden, db, Florida.
2 (38) T.J. Ward, db, Oregon.
2 (59) Montario Hardesty, rb, Tennessee.
3 (85) Colt McCoy, qb, Texas.
3 (92) Shawn Lauvao, g, Arizona State.
1 (24) Dez Bryant, wr, Oklahoma State.
2 (55) Sean Lee, lb, Penn State.
1 (22) Demaryius Thomas, wr, Georgia Tech.
1 (25) Tim Tebow, qb, Florida.
2 (45) Zane Beadles, ot, Utah.
3 (80) J.D. Walton, c, Baylor.
3 (87) Eric Decker, wr, Minnesota.
1 (2) Ndamukong Suh, dt, Nebraska.
1 (30) Jahvid Best, rb, California.
3 (66) Amari Spievey, db, Iowa.
1 (23) Brian Bulaga, ot, Iowa.
2 (56) Mike Neal, de, Purdue.
2 (71) Morgan Burnett, db, Georgia Tech.
1 (20) Kareem Jackson, db, Alabama.
2 (58) Ben Tate, rb, Auburn.
3 (81) Earl Mitchell, dt, Arizona.
1 (31) Jerry Hughes, de, TCU.
2 (63) Pat Angerer, lb, Iowa.
3 (94) Kevin Thomas, db, Southern Cal.
1 (10) Tyson Alualu, dt, California.
3 (74) D'Anthony Smith, dt, Louisiana Tech.
1 (5) Eric Berry, db, Tennessee.
2 (36) Dexter McCluster, rb, Mississippi.
2 (50) Javier Arenas, db, Alabama.
3 (68) Jon Asamoah, g, Illinois.
3 (93) Tony Moeaki, te, Iowa.
1 (28) Jared Odrick, dt, Penn State.
2 (40) Koa Misi, lb, Utah.
3 (73) John Jerry, g, Mississippi.
2 (34) Chris Cook, db, Virginia.
2 (51) Toby Gerhart, rb, Stanford.
1 (27) Devin McCourty, db, Rutgers.
2 (42) Rob Gronkowski, te, Arizona.
2 (53) Jermaine Cunningham, de, Florida.
2 (62) Brandon Spikes, lb, Florida.
3 (90) Taylor Price, wr, Ohio.
1 (32) Patrick Robinson, db, Florida State.
2 (64) Charles Brown, ot, Southern Cal.
3 (95) Jimmy Graham, te, Miami.
NEW YORK GIANTS
1 (15) Jason Pierre-Paul, de, South Florida.
2 (46) Linval Joseph, dt, East Carolina.
3 (76) Chad Jones, db, LSU.
NEW YORK JETS
1 (29) Kyle Wilson, db, Boise State.
2 (61) Vladimir Ducasse, ot, Massachusetts.
1 (8) Rolando McClain, lb, Alabama.
2 (44) Lamarr Houston, dt, Texas.
3 (69) Jared Veldheer, ot, Hillsdale.
1 (13) Brandon Graham, de, Michigan.
2 (37) Nate Allen, db, South Florida.
2 (86) Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, de, Washington.
1 (18) Maurkice Pouncey, c, Florida.
2 (52) Jason Worilds, lb, Virginia Tech.
3 (82) Emmanuel Sanders, wr, SMU.
1 (1) Sam Bradford, qb, Oklahoma.
2 (33) Rodger Saffold, ot, Indiana.
3 (65) Jerome Murphy, db, South Florida.
1 (12) Ryan Mathews, rb, Fresno State.
3 (79) Donald Butler, lb, Washington.
1 (11) Anthony Davis, ot, Rutgers.
1 (17) Mike Iupati, g, Idaho.
2 (49) Taylor Mays, db, Southern Cal.
3 (91) Navorro Bowman, lb, Penn State.
1 (6) Russell Okung, ot, Oklahoma State.
1 (14) Earl Thomas, db, Texas.
2 (60) Golden Tate, wr, Notre Dame.
1 (3) Gerald McCoy, dt, Oklahoma.
2 (35) Brian Price, dt, UCLA.
2 (39) Arrelious Benn, wr, Illinois.
3 (67) Myron Lewis, db, Vanderbilt.
1 (16) Derrick Morgan, de, Georgia Tech.
3 (77) Damian Williams, wr, Southern Cal.
3 (97) Rennie Curran, lb, Georgia.
1 (4) Trent Williams, ot, Oklahoma.