An In-Depth Look at the Saints’ Most Intriguing Selection: Hau’oli Kikaha

May 5, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In the weeks and months leading up to the NFL draft, Hau’oli Kikaha’s name didn’t pop up in many New Orleans Saints mock drafts.
The general sentiment was that the Saints needed to take an edge-rusher early, and the most popular names being thrown around were Vic Beasley, Shane Ray, Randy Gregory and Bud Dupree.
These players made sense for the Saints at pick No. 13 in the first round, as they’re all athletic edge-rushers with top-end measurables, for the most part.
With Dupree, Ray and Gregory still on the board, New Orleans went with an offensive tackle (Andrus Peat) instead. After picking an inside linebacker (Stephone Anthony) with their second selection, the Saints ended Day 1 of the draft without addressing what was perhaps their biggest need going in.
At pick No. 44 in the second round, it became apparent general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton had a plan, after all. When the name of Kikaha was called, it all made sense: Ne...

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