April 23, 2010
Former Huskies Donald Butler and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim were selected just seven picks apart in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft Friday. Butler was selected by San Diego with the 79th pick and Te'o-Nesheim went to the Eagles with the 86th.
Butler, a linebacker from Sacramento, totaled 94 tackles last season, earning second-team All-Pac-10 honors. During a four-year career, he compiled 239 total tackles, including 29.5 for a loss.
"It's a dream come true," Butler was quoted on chargers.com. "I really wanted to go to the Chargers from day one. I'm close to home and they're a great organization, and they have a great team that really gets after it on the defensive side of the ball."
Te'o-Nesheim, a defensive end from Waikoloa, Hawai'i, who could play outside linebacker in the NFL, started every game (49 in all) over the last four seasons after redshirting his first season. He finished as the UW's all-time sacks leader with 30 and was a two-time second-team All-Pac-10 selection.
"My agent said something about I might go to Philly and that excited me, but I wasn't trying to really read into what other people were saying," Te'o-Nesheim said in a conference call with reporters, according to philadelphiaeagles.com.
"I love how rabid the fans are and I love watching their defense play," Te'o-Nesheim said. "We watched a lot of their defensive line when I came on my visit and it was just really exciting to see how hard they play. Even when I talked to Coach Holt about it, he said that they are a great defense to play for and I would love to go there. That's what I was thinking as soon as I watched that film."