Saints take Washington linebacker Kikaha with 2nd-round pick
METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints have selected Washington outside linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha with their second-round draft pick, the 44th selection overall.
The 6-foot-2, 253-pound Kikaha gives the Saints a powerful pass-rusher from the edge, something the club could use after its defense ranked 23rd in the NFL in sacks per pass attempt last season.
Kikaha has a history of knee injuries, but had a stellar 2014, leading all Division I Football Bowl Subdivision players in sacks with 19 en route to finishing his Huskies career with a school record 36 sacks.
Kikaha also was named Associated Press first-team All-America following last season.
The Hawaii native was New Orleans' third overall pick, following Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat at 13th overall and Clemson linebacker Stephone Anthony at 31st overall.