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Old 05-01-2015, 08:26 PM   #21
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I see why sean payton liked him other than those sack numbers. Great Attitude will be a good influence in the locker room none the less
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I see why sean payton liked him other than those sack numbers. Great Attitude will be a good influence in the locker room none the less
Payton wasn't bluffing when he talked about drafting character guys and changing the atmosphere in the locker room.
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I love the pick. Pressure on the qb will make our DBs better plus Byrd healthy and Vaccaro will get out of the sophomore slump. There will be growing pains but the future on D looks a lot brighter.
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Sounds like a Galette clone, but better versus the run and sans the twitter idiocy.

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Good pick. We needed to roll the dice and try to land a sack-master. Uses his hands and arms well and sometimes that's half the battle for a good pass-rusher.

And those reflective Huskies helmets look kinda dope!
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Shelton a beast yeah but you gotta beleive due to our guys constant pressure. More runs had happened up the middle. That helped Shelton put up numbers like he did. Which our guy still had more tackles for lost.
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can't wait to see him play. in a Saints UNI!
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Hell yes.

Love the intensity.

TWO LBs in two days. This is my dream draft!!!
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New Orleans Saints Linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha

Conference Call with Local Media
Friday, May 1, 2015

Can you talk about your draft process? How many times did you meet with the Saints? Did you take a visit here to New Orleans?

“First of all it has been an amazing experience and a long journey with me and my friends and everyone that brought me to this point. As far as the Saints are concerned, I met with them a few times and enjoyed all of our interviews. I did not go on a trip. I talked to the guys a fair amount and then it kind of stopped for a while and I wasn’t sure, but anyhow I am very excited to be a part of this organization and contribute where I can.”

You have a background in judo and wrestling, how does that help you as a pass rusher?

“The core fundamentals of those sports are based on balance, power and angles, and not to mention hand-fighting with judo and wrestling as well. All of those things go into what a pass rusher does, and practicing for over eight years has helped me develop all of those fundamentals that we translate on the football field.”

Did you ever consider competing in judo?

“I did actually, and further in other martial arts. My true love is football. I am going to go with this one until the wheels fall off.”

How frustrating were those back to back ACL tears?

“It was pretty hard for me to take. But they’re in the past and I’ve overcome those things along with my family’s help and support and Coach and friends that brought me through those times. It was a rough period, and I’m glad those are long in the past. I’ve been able to excel since then.”

Was it the same knee or different knees?

“It was the same one.”

Where do you best see yourself fitting in the NFL? Is it as 3-4 outside linebacker?

“I see myself on the field somewhere, playing wherever I can for the coaching staff. They know what’s best. I have a job to do, which is compete anywhere they place me. Hopefully they don’t put me at quarterback, but if I have to compete I will. I’m just happy to be part of this team.”

You don’t want to be on the other side of large men running at you trying to take you down?

“I just figured Drew Brees is kind of hard to compete against, but anything can be done I guess.”


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