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Old 05-05-2015, 06:49 AM   #61
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Re: Saints select Hau'oli Kikaha in the 2nd round

proceed with caution. he played against a lot spread offenses.
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He only had one ACL tear. The second surgery was to correct the first because it was not done correctly. At least, this is what Mike Mayock said.

Thats what I heard as well. I just couldn't remember where I heard it.
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"Kikaha had a couple (of torn) ACLs early in his career, has been healthy the past two years, great motor off the edge, has some edge skills, not as long as you would like. I'm anxious to see what he runs and how he looks." -- Mike Mayock, NFL Network.
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Huskies Hau'oli Kikaha back on the field with new name, perspective | The Seattle Times

HE WAS KNOWN as Hau’oli Jamora as a freshman in 2010. He started the final seven games that season, recording one sack and 3.5 tackles for loss in UW’s Holiday Bowl victory over Nebraska. The future was bright.Then, in UW’s Pac-12 Conference opener against California in late September 2011, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Eager to get back on the field, he rushed his rehabilitation, then tore the same ligament while covering Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a wheel route during the first week of training camp in August 2012. He lay on the practice-field turf and prayed.

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Hau'oli Kikaha Ready for Combine Experience to Be About NFL Future, Not Injuries | Bleacher Report

"I'm extremely confident in the results we've gotten. The second surgery was done by one of a top surgeons in the Seattle Seahawks' Edward Khalfayan. He's probably going to be there [at the NFL combine]. I'm really confident in his work, and I'm feeling very strong compared to the first time.

I don't want to make any excuses about that first surgery, but it wasn't the best situation. I'll just say that. Everything went perfectly the second time around.

I'm really confident in the knee. I can only wait and see what everyone thinks once I get to Indianapolis."
- Hau'oli Kikaha (formerly Jamora)
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"Kikaha was one of my favorite players in this entire class. He doesn't have the timed speed you look for in an edge rusher, but he has enough first-step quickness to keep offensive tackles guessing. He can convert speed to power and his relentless motor results in several second-effort sacks. This guy just knows how to finish plays." – Todd McShay, ESPN
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"Explosive first step and arc speed to get around the edge with flexible body control and balance to flatten. Stays low with natural dip, using his hands to slap away blockers' jabs without slowing his momentum. Fluid change of direction skills to make sharp 90-degree turns with the loose hips to turn and play in coverage -- will drop and cover in short zones with natural ball awareness and proximity feel. Strong wrists and arrives with aggressive angles and violent intentions, tuning up his target. Nice job on the edges to hold the corner and close off the outside, tracking well to work off contact and pursue. Plays assignment sound football with elite effort and competitiveness. Fiery, pesky motor that simply doesn't quit...Solid build and muscle tone, but lacks ideal body strength and can be pushed off his path at times by blockers. Too easily slowed and needs space to be effective, lacking the length to live in a phone booth. Doesn't have the power to consistently shed once engaged and won't overwhelm with his upper body strength. Can be run at and controlled in the run game, too easily moved from his spot. Moves well, but not a twitchy athlete. Too many ankle biting tackle attempts, needs to better break down on the move. Needs to improve his anticipation and instincts in coverage. Strong durability concerns after tearing the ACL in his left knee twice." - Dane Brugler

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His last name sounds like the wicked laugh from the Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns...
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Hope he's as good as his brother Hali Kalikimaka!
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Re: Saints select Hau'oli Kikaha in the 2nd round

I understand that initial burst is what separated him from others.
As long as he stays healthy, I think he could be special.
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