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2015 NFL DRAFT

Hau'oli Jamora, DE

School: Washington  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Laie, HI
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 250 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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89123

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Played mostly "4i" technique in 2013, lining up on both the left and right sides and two and three point stances. He has solid build and muscle tone, holding the point of attack well and rarely giving up ground.

Kikaha has active hands with a strong punch to fight through blockers' jabs. Displays flexible body control, coordinated feet and fluid change of direction skills to flatten and make sharp 90-degree turns.

Kikaha attacks gaps with an aggressive demeanor, showing the ability to locate and track to work off contact and pursue quickly with improved ball awareness. Arrives with violent intentions and looks to tune up his targets.

Kikaha has a fiery motor and has the top-notch work ethic on and off the field to continue his development at the NFL level.

WEAKNESSES: He isn't overly explosive. He needs to be a more consistent finisher and tends to get lazy with his tackling technique.

COMPARES TO: Jabaal Sheard, Browns - Kikaha plays with violent intentions, quick hands and an active punch, and both players have the athleticism to eat up grass in a hurry.

"I don't think I'm able to compare myself to others, but I like to watch the best and emulate them.," Kikaha told NFLDraftScout.com "I try to be like them. Like Clay Matthews, Terrell Suggs, Jared Allen. Aldon Smith. Just watching the best recently and trying to copy some of their moves and techniques. I like Clay Matthews a lot, his flexibility and the way he uses his hands violently. Jared Allen a close second."

Player Overview

Hau'oli Kikaha (ha-OH-lee KEY-kah-HA) saw action as a true freshman (seven starts), but missed almost all of the next two seasons (2011-12) due to two ACL tears, both to his left knee.

He returned healthy in 2013 as a junior and finished among the Pac-12 leaders in sacks (13), also leading the Huskies in tackles for loss (15.5) and forced fumbles (3).

"The medicals will be imperative for his full evaluation, but with a healthy 2014, that will be two full years removed from the injuries so that's a good sign," an NFC scout told NFLDraftScout.com in August. "He has a good understanding of how to get to the quarterback and is one of the better college pass rushers on the west coast."

Kikaha worked diligently to return from the knee surgeries, and said he is not concerned about a third injury.

"I really am extremely confident in my surgeon and the technique that he used was different than the initial surgery, one that is proven to be more successful," he told NFLDraftScout.com. "I don't want to brag about work ethic, but I wasn't holding anything back. With the great trainers we have, I was working out every day. Definitely went non-stop."

Under new coach Chris Petersen's 3-4 scheme, Kikaha is expected to play the "Buck" linebacker position in 2013.

"It's going pretty smoothly, knocking the rust off a bit," Kikaha said in August. "It's been awhile since we played real ball, but changing positions, it's still football. Definitely a little different. I'm enjoying the experience, running plays out of different looks, multiple looks. The 3-4 allows more 1-on-1 opportunities so I can make plays and be freed up. I spent a lot of time at the "4i" position and strong end last year so it's not too far off. But it is a different feel."

Kikaha said he doesn't care so much where he lines up in the NFL, as long as it affords him the opportunity to get after quarterbacks.

"My pass rush ability and getting to the quarterback," he said when asked about his strengths. "But a lot of it is a mind game and I have the mental aspect of the game. I can figure out where offensive players are going before they go. I love winning that mental aspect."

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08/06/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Hau'oli Kikaha, Washington...Kikaha finished the season with 13.0 sacks, tied for the second-most in school history, just 1.5 sacks shy of the Husky record ... legally changed his last name prior to the start of the 2013 season, taking the last name Kikaha from his mother's side of his family ... previously went by the last name of Jamora ... started every game. - Washington football
 

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