Hau’oli Kikaha- Outside Linebacker- Washington
Size: 6’3 246lbs
2013 Stats: 70 tackles 13 sacks 15.5 tackles for loss
2014 Stats: 72 tackles 19 sacks 25 tackles for loss

Photo Credit: ESPN
Photo Credit: ESPN

Strengths:

  • Versatile- 3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE
  • Good leverage coming off the ball
  • Great use of hands
  • Dominating speed rush
  • Non-stop motor
  • Led Nation in sacks in 2014 with 19

Analysis: Kikaha is on of the best pass rushers in this years draft class.  He can play with his hand in the dirt, but I believe he projects as a better 3-4 outside linebacker standing up.  Watching tape on Kikaha it is obvious he never takes a play off, and is relentless in his pursuit of the ball.  The way Kikaha fights off block with his hands, is an asset most pass rushers do not use enough when coming into the NFL.  Kikaha was a Judo champion growing up, no doubt one of the reasons he uses his hands so well.

Need to Improve:

  • Questionable run defense
  • Injury prone?- 2 ACL injuries
  • Needs to contain better
  • Coverage skills

Analysis: Kikaha can get after the quarterback, but he can struggle at times against the run.  Running backs have bounced runs to the outside because Kikaha did not set the edge to contain the backs inside–must be corrected at the next level to play on run downs.  NFL front offices will check out his body very closely to make sure there are not any lingering issues with his knees.

Round Prediction: 2

NFL Comparison: Aldon Smith

 

Dan SchalkNFL DraftNFL DraftHau'oli Kikaha- Outside Linebacker- Washington Size: 6'3 246lbs 2013 Stats: 70 tackles 13 sacks 15.5 tackles for loss 2014 Stats: 72 tackles 19 sacks 25 tackles for loss Photo Credit: ESPN Strengths: Versatile- 3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE Good leverage coming off the ball Great use of hands Dominating speed rush Non-stop motor Led Nation in sacks in 2014 with...Why go anywhere else for sports and entertainment?