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Scouting Profile: Hau'oli Kikaha, EDGE, Washington

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Vic Beasley, EDGE, Clemson

Owamagbe Odighizuwa, EDGE, UCLA

Randy Gregory, EDGE, Nebraska

Eli Harold, EDGE, Virginia 




Games watched: vs Hawaii, vs Stanford, vs Illinois


The Good:


Active, violent hands. Uses his hand use and leverage to make up for his average athleticism. Very technically sound player. 

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253643&gif=EnormousDisfiguredFlyingfox


Uses leverage again here to shed a block and make a play on the RB:

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=251726&gif=ElegantTediousAnemone


Intelligent player. Reads play action and read-option plays well. 


Non-stop motor. Never gives up on a play. Doesn't stay content with being blocked. 


Played at a bunch of different spots. Much better as a stand up rusher as opposed to playing with his hand in the dirt. Played at 4i mostly in 2013, where he was, IMO, extremely underwhelming. 


The Bad: 


Average athlete. 


Ok, but not elite bend around the corner.. You don't have to be great at bending the corner to be a good pass rusher (see Odighizuwa). But if you aren't you have to be able to compensate for it with strength and speed. Kikaha doesn't posses much of either of those. 


Undisciplined in holding his edge. Chases up field and leaves cutback lanes. Overly aggressive.

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=253643&gif=EverlastingUnfitAdamsstaghornedbeetle


Continuing with the theme of edge rushers with lack of strength (though to his credit, he does manage to recover and get held at the end of this play):

  ex. http://www.draftbreakdown.com/gif-embed/?clip=251726&gif=SophisticatedLateFalcon


One-trick pony. Pass rush specialist only. 




Kikaha is a low-ceiling, high-floor player. He's a player who won't be a liability on the field, but isn't exactly going to dominate either. He's a good value pick in the 3rd round for a team looking for a technically sound, relentless, mid-level edge rusher. Most sites compare him to Rob Ninkovich, which I think is an apt comparison.


Projected Round: 3rd

NFL Comparison: Rob Ninkovich, SE

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