DE HAU’OLI KIKAHA, WASHINGTON

DE #8 HAU’OLI KIKAHA, WASHINGTON

6’3” – 250 lbs. – 4.80e

Has added weight since tipping the scales at 238 pounds during his freshman year; combination of height, bulk, and length is adequate for a pro rusher. Looks like his frame has a little bit more room for growth. Plays both left and right defensive end; occasionally lined up at defensive tackle on obvious passing downs in 2013. Capable of using the ball rush effectively on passing downs; power extends to his ability to reset the line of scrimmage against the run. Active hand use allows him to shed blocks effectively. Can make tackles while engaged in run defense. Physical, passionate player with an impressive motor. Intelligent with high character on and off the field. Doesn’t react very quickly to the ball being snapped; average burst. Not a very creative rusher; gets stuck on blocks if his initial move doesn’t work. Will mix the inside rush in at times, but doesn’t really threaten the edge, although he flashes the ability to bend. Often forced to take indirect routes to the quarterback; would benefit from more consistent application of spins and speed rushes. Rather than winning off the snap, much of his production comes as a result of his motor; lots of second-effort coverage sacks. Can get distracted by blockers and fail to recognize ballcarriers running through his gaps; inconsistent awareness in run defense. Occasionally blown off the ball when anchoring. Built more like a 3-4 outside linebacker but may not be fluid enough to play in space; didn’t look great out of a two-point stance. Comes with serious medical flags; has torn his left ACL twice, once in September 2011 and then again in August 2012. Played in just four games over that span, all in 2011. Has the intangibles to develop into a member of a defensive-line rotation, but is still far from a finished product; missing nearly all of the 2011 season and the entirety of his 2012 campaign has prevented him from cultivating a diverse set of rush moves. Will probably be limited to playing defensive end in the pros, where his stiffness will be better masked; doesn’t look like he’ll be able to do work in coverage. Could improve his stock by diversifying his repertoire of moves and staying healthy as a senior, or kill it with another injury; as it stands now, his strength, his frame, and his mental attributes should help him come off the board somewhere on the draft’s third day.

Games watched: California (’13), Stanford (’13), Washington St. (’13)

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