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Road to the NFL Draft / Hau’oli Kikaha

Position: Edge rusher

School: Washington

Combine measureables: 6-foot-2, 253 pounds.

Combine stats: Did not participate.

Career stats: 44 games, 206 tackles (140 solo, 51.5 for loss), 36 sacks, seven forced fumbles, six passes defensed.

Draft projection: Third round.

Lowdown: The Huskies’ all-time sacks leader (one of five school records he holds), Kikaha tied for the NCAA lead with 19 in 2014. He was named a first-team All-American. ... Has a background in judo, which gives him a good understanding of how to use his hands. ... A relentless pass rusher, he wins on the edge consistently. ... Will need to improve against the run. ... Made a position change to outside linebacker in a 3-4 under new coach Chris Petersen in 2014. ... Tore the ACL in his left knee twice, missing almost all of the 2011-12 seasons, but returned with a 13-sack season in 2013. ... Did not participate at the NFL Scouting Combine because of illness. At Washington’s pro day April 2, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds and bench-pressed 225 pounds 20 times.

They said it: “I really like his game. He’s probably going to slip because he ran a 4.9. He doesn’t have the longest arms. We do this every year: We get so caught up in these stupid numbers, but on tape find me a better player. ... He’s all over the field. There’s nothing that Kikaha cannot do. – ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay.

– Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 45 prospects in 45 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday.

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