Day 2 of the NFL Draft concluded yesterday with one more Husky joining the ranks of "NFL Football Players". OLB Hau'oli Kikaha, became the fourth Husky drafted in what has become an historic NFL Draft for the program. Kikaha beat many projections when he was taken 44th overall by the New Orleans Saints.
Round 1: Thursday, 8pm ET, ESPN / NFL Network
Round 2-3: Friday 7pm ET, ESPN2 / NFL Network
Round 4-7: Saturday 12pm ET, ESPN / NFL Network
The pick was met with mixed reviews throughout the media universe. Although Kikaha was projected as a third rounder by many, there were plenty of analysts who liked the pick for the Saints. Pete Priscoe of CBS Sports was one of them:
Grade A-: This is a good pick for the Saints. He is a nice edge rusher for a team that needs one ... but there are some injury concerns.
ESPN had Kikaha with a second round grade noting that it is Kikaha, and not guys like Vic Beasley, Nate Orchard or Shane Ray, who actually had the most production in CFB as a speed rusher.
The injury concerns that Priscoe referenced were a source of concern for many of those that didn't think highly of the pick. The guys covering the NFL Draft for the NFL Network, in particular Gil Brandt, noted on the air that they didn't even have Kikaha in their top 100 picks and that there were other, better pass rushers available such as the aforementioned Orchard.
The drafting of Kikaha marks the end of the run on all Huskies that were certain to be drafted. Round 3 kicks off today and it will carry with it the hopes and dreams of several Huskies who have been identified as "draftable" but who each may ultimately miss the cut.
Huskies in the Draft
Huskies in the Draft
The two players who may have the best chance of getting selected are MLB John Timu and WR Kasen WIlliams. Timu is a versatile ILB/OLB/Special Teamer who may get picked for his production over four years as a starter in the Pac 12. Williams, were he to be drafted, would be selected by a team looking for a big receiver with strong hands, tremendous leaping and outstanding perimeter blocking capabilities (hmmmm, Seattle?). He'd be drafted more on potential given the devastating leg injury that he's spend the past two seasons recovering from.
Among the rest of the Huskies still harboring NFL dreams but likely to have to go the undrafted free agent route include OL Micah Hatchie, DE Andrew Hudson, DT Evan Hudson, CB Travell Dixon and OL Mike Criste.
This is your open thread for Day 3 of the draft. Go Dawgs!