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David Veikune (DE)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 257
College: Hawaii
Conference: Mountain West
Hometown: Wahiawa, HI
High School: Campbell
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Selected by: Cleveland Browns
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 20 (52)
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Pick Analysis: The former Warrior will convert to OLB in the Browns' 3-4 scheme. As a high-motor edge rusher with exceptional first-step quickness, Veikune has the skills to pose a threat off the edge. With the team in need of a rusher opposite Kamerion Wimbley, the Browns are banking on Veikune to fill the need.
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Overview

Despite giving up as much as 80 pounds to opposing offensive tackles, Veikune, with his relentless motor, collected 16 sacks and 25 tackles behind the line of scrimmage during his final two seasons with the Warriors.


Veikune is part of a military family, and has lived everywhere from Anchorage, Alaska, to Winslow, Ariz., to Las Cruces, N.M., and Hawaii. Several members of his family (mostly uncles) are nobles from the Tongan Islands.


A cousin, Tony Fulilangi, was the fourth-ranked light heavyweight boxer in the world at one point. After fighting George Foreman, he went on to train Paea Wolfaram, who won a silver medal for the Tongan Islands at the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta. A cousin, Mapa Malupo, was a running back at College of the Canyons in California.


Veikune's fierce warrior nature was evident even during his prep football career. At Campbell High School, he was rated one of the top defensive tackles in the country by Rivals.com. He added first-team All-State and All-Hawaii Red West honors from the Honolulu Star Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser after his senior year, where he competed as a defensive end.


During his senior and junior years, Veikune was named to the Larry Prince All-Katoosh Team, which is a list of the state's "11 hardest hitters." He was also an All-State honorable mention selection his junior season. That year, he made 85 tackles (20 solo), five sacks and 12 stops for loss, as he also forced five fumbles, deflected eight passes, picked off another, blocked three kicks and registered 45 pressures.


As a senior, Veikune posted 92 tackles (21 solo), 26 stops for losses and 16.5 sacks. He recovered three fumbles, had 56 pressures, deflected three passes and blocked three blocked kicks. He also competed as a tight end.


Veikune also lettered in track (throws) at Campbell High, participating in both the discus and shot put, as well as also playing for the school's baseball team. As a freshman and sophomore, he lettered in football at Onate High School in Las Cruces.


In 2004, Veikune enrolled as a 230-pound defensive end at the University of Colorado, spending the season on the scout team. He never played for the Buffaloes, transferring to Fresno City College in 2005, where he earned All-Northern California Conference honor-able mention.


Veikune was again on the move in 2006, enrolling at the University of Hawaii. He spent the 2006 campaign playing behind Melila Purcell at left defensive end. The 235-pounder had a pair of sacks to go with 11 tackles (nine solos), as he also returned two kickoffs for 25 yards.


As a junior, he started just one of 13 games, but shared left end duties with Amari Purcell. He tallied 34 tackles (22 solo), as he led the team with seven sacks and finished third on the squad with 8.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including one that resulted in a safety.


Veikune was a second-team All-Western Athletic Conference choice as a senior. The Lombardi Award Watch List member ranked third on the team with 73 tackles (47 solo). He again paced the Warriors with nine sacks, the fourth-best total in the league. He also led Hawaii and ranked fifth in the WAC with 16.5 stops for losses. He chipped in eleven pressures while breaking up three passes and causing four fumbles.


Junior College

Played at Fresno City College for one season after attending Colorado his first season ... Lettered in football at FCC and was a honorable mention all-conference selection.


High School

Attended Campbell (Ewa Beach, O'ahu, Ha.) High School as a junior and senior, playing football for head coach Tumoana Kenessey...Rated one of the top defensive tackles in the country by Rivals.com...Added first-team All-State and All-Hawaii Red West honors from the Honolulu Star Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser after his senior year, where he competed as a defensive end...During his senior and junior years, Veikune was named to the Larry Prince All-Katoosh Team, which is a list of the state's eleven hardest hitters... All-State honorable mention selection his junior season...That year, he made 85 tackles (20 solos), five sacks and 12 stops for loss, as he also forced five fumbles, deflected eight passes, picked off another, blocked three kicks and registered 45 pressures...As a senior, Veikune posted 92 tackles (21 solo), 26 stops for losses and 16.5 sacks...Also recovered three fumbles, had 56 pressures, deflected three passes and blocked three blocked kicks. He also competed as a tight end...Also lettered once in track (throws) at Campbell High, participating in both the discus and shot put, as well as also playing for the school's base-ball team...As a freshman and sophomore, he lettered in football at Onate High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico.


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Analysis

Positives: High-motor power defensive end. Hustles down the line and chases downfield. Sheds blocks using strong, violent hands when he's fresh. Uses his stout frame to split double-teams and move to the ball while engaged. Has the explosiveness to get the edge by dropping his shoulder or using an over-arm move. Stands up on some plays and is able to contain bootlegs or cover backs or receivers in the flat on zone blitzes.


Negatives: Not likely to out-quick NFL tackles to get an immediate pass rush off the edge. A bit shorter than scouts prefer, although he can get his hands up to deflect passes. Will get engulfed by larger tackles as he wears down. Has an inside spin move, but needs to be more consistent maintaining his balance to finish. Lacks elite athleticism.


Compares To: TEDY BRUSCHI, New England -- Coming out of Arizona, Bruschi was the same type of player that Veikune is in that he made up for a lack of blazing speed with a relentless motor. With his ability to explode into bigger offensive linemen and make plays vs. action in front of him, Veikune could be a "poor man's" Bruschi in a 3-4 alignment. What better place for him to hone his skills than learning from the master himself in New England?


Injury Report

No injuries reported.


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