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Browns Select Former East High Standout Siaki Ika In 2023 NFL Draft
Apr 28, 2023, 9:04 PM | Updated: Apr 29, 2023, 11:23 am
SALT LAKE CITY – The Cleveland Browns selected former East High School and Baylor Bears standout Siaki Ika with the No. 98 overall pick during the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
The 2023 NFL Draft took place at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri from April 27-29.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 29, 2023
Ika was the eleventh defensive tackle taken in the draft.
The former Leopards standout will join a Cleveland team that posted a 7-10 record in 2022.
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About Siaki Ika
Before his time as a star college football player, Ika attended high school at East in Salt Lake City and was a standout for the Leopards’ football team.
After his time at East, Ika decided to play college ball for the LSU Tigers. He chose LSU over offers from local programs in BYU and Utah. During his time in Louisiana, the former Leopard helped the Tigers win the 2019 national title. Ika played at LSU for two seasons before transferring to Baylor ahead of the 2021 campaign. In two seasons at LSU, Ika posted 23 total tackles, nine solo tackles, and one sack.
Last season, the defensive tackle had 23 total tackles, 10 solo tackles, and two pass breakups.
Siaki Ika completely BLOWS UP this play so, so fast pic.twitter.com/TgMK16azGh
— Cam Mellor (@CamMellor) September 17, 2022
Ika played in the Peach Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and national championship during his time at LSU and Baylor. Ika was honored as first-team All-Big 12 in each of his two years with the Bears.
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During his college career, Ika recorded 70 total tackles, 36 solo tackles, five sacks, and three pass breakups.
Siaki Ika at the NFL Scouting Combine
Height: 6 feet 3 inches
Weight: 335 lbs.
Arm: 32 and 3/8 inches
Hand: 10 and 1/4 inches
40-yard dash: 5.39 seconds (official)
10-yard split: 1.88 seconds
3-Cone Drill: 7.8 seconds
20-Yard Shuttle: 4.99 seconds
"He's a gentle giant."
Siaki Ika of @BUFootball showing how nimble he is on the hoop drill.
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Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and co-host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).
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