The waiting ended for Daniel Teo-Nesheim and Shawn Lauvao yesterday, signaling the start of their NFL journeys.
Both linemen excelled in the Pac-10 following heralded high school careers in Hawaii and embarked on their professional paths as third-round selections in the NFL Draft.
Teo-Nesheim, a former Washington defensive end, became the second Hawaii Prep graduate drafted in the past two years when the Philadelphia Eagles selected him with the 86th overall pick.
Lauvao, a Farrington product and Arizona State offensive lineman, had to wait through five more picks before his name was called by the Cleveland Browns with the 92nd selection.
They brought the two-day total of players with Hawaii ties drafted to three, joining Saint Louis graduate and Cal defensive lineman Tyson Alualu, who was taken with the 10th overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday.
Teo-Nesheim (6-foot-3, 263 pounds) follows former HPA teammate Max Unger into the NFL. Unger was picked by Seattle in the second round of last year's draft.
A four-year starter at Washington, Teo-Nesheim recorded 11 sacks as a senior to close his career as the Huskies' all-time sacks leader with 30. He was a second-team All-Pac-10 selection in the fall and boosted his stock with a strong showing at the NFL Combine.
"I think of myself as a high-effort guy and I'll do whatever is asked on and off the field," Teo-Nesheim said.
"We have another T.O. in the building," coach Andy Reid joked, referring to former Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens. "This one plays defensive end. He can also play tackle in pass-rush situations."
Lauvao also earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors as a senior and adds to Cleveland's growing Hawaii connection.
A year after drafting Hawaii's David Veikune and Baldwin graduate Kaluka Maiava, the Browns picked up Lauvao, a versatile member of Arizona State's offensive line.
Lauvao (6-foot-2, 315 pounds) started the last 33 games for the Sun Devils and contributed at three spots along the offensive line in his career, finishing last season as ASU's starting left tackle.
"I know the coaching will be first class and wherever they see fit and wherever I can help the team is the biggest thing for me," Lauvao said in a conference call posted on the Browns' website.