Veikune impresses at combine
POSTED: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Former Hawaii defensive end David Veikune left Indianapolis yesterday after a solid performance at the NFL Combine.
Veikune ranked third among defensive linemen in the bench press with 35 repetitions of 225 pounds at the annual showcase for NFL Draft hopefuls. He also ranked fourth in the 3-cone drill with a time of 7.20 seconds and ninth in the 40-yard dash at 4.87 seconds, although he said he timed lower in his earlier runs.
Veikune also had a vertical leap of 33 inches covered and 9 feet, 2 inches in the broad jump. Although he was pleased with the numbers he posted, Veikune said the drills represent just a portion of the experience.
"The main thing was the interview process," Veikune said yesterday after returning to Los Angeles. "People like to focus on the physical stuff, but meeting with NFL teams and head coaches, that's the main thing you get out of it. ... I felt it was a positive experience."
Baldwin graduate Kaluka Maiava of USC tied for first among linebackers in the bench press with 30 repetitions. He was also third in the 20-yard shuttle at 4.2 seconds.
Earlier in the combine, Hawaii Prep graduate Max Unger (Oregon) was third among offensive linemen in the 3-cone drill at 7.39 seconds and third in the 20-yard shuttle at 4.50 seconds.
Former Hawaii cornerback Ryan Mouton had 18 repetitions in the bench press yesterday and completes the combine today.