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POSTED: Friday, April 24, 2009

Growing up, David Veikune was a young man on the move.

Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Veikune spent time in Arizona and New Mexico before moving to Hawaii in high school.

Then came a post-graduation odyssey that led him from Campbell High to Colorado to Fresno City College and eventually back to the islands.

               

     

 

Profile: David Veikune

       

        » Position: defensive end
       

» Height: 6-foot-2

       

» Weight: 257 pounds

       

» College: Hawaii

       

» High school: Campbell

       

» Combine stats: 40-yard dash, 4.87 seconds; bench press, 225, 35 repetitions (third best among defensive linemen; vertical jump, 33 inches; broad jump, 9-2; three-cone drill, 7.2 seconds; 20-yard shuttle, 4.46 seconds

       

With a productive three-year stay in the Warriors football program complete, Veikune will soon be relocating again. His next stop determined by this weekend's NFL Draft.

“;The main thing is it's always been my dream to play in the NFL, so moving to do that is going to be another journey and I'm going to enjoy it,”; the former Warriors defensive end said.

“;It's been a crazy road. I'm just thankful for everything I've gotten.”;

The first two rounds of the draft will be held tomorrow in New York City. The third through seventh rounds will be completed on Sunday.

Veikune's high-revving motor powered him to 73 total tackles, including a team-high 16.5 for losses, in his senior season with the Warriors. He finished his career with 18 sacks and earned invitations to the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine, where he made his case for a spot in the draft.

After participating in Hawaii's pro day on April 2, Veikune's schedule of team visits kept him on the go as he criss-crossed the country to Philadelphia, Denver, Tennessee and Miami.

“;At least I got some frequent-flier miles off of it,”; Veikune said. “;It was pretty tiring, plus the time change. I tried to stay in shape. I'd always try to run and lift everywhere I went.”;

Veikune's name has popped up as a possible third- or fourth-round pick, and he said he's received calls from most of the teams in the league making sure they have his contact information for the weekend.

As for his preference of destination ...

“;Who doesn't like to be in a warm place?”; Veikune said. “;But if I'm in the cold, hey, I'm going to embrace it.”;

Veikune's size and athletic attributes could dictate a move in position depending on what team selects him. His agent, Kenny Zuckerman, said Veikune has drawn interest both as a defensive end in a 4-3 system or as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment. He went through linebacker drills for the scouts at pro day, demonstrating his ability to drop into coverage.

As the draft stretches over the weekend, Veikune doesn't intend on staying stationary through the process.

“;I'm not completely sure what I'm going to do, maybe golf or something like that,”; he said. “;Just get my mind off stuff.”;

Josh Leonard, another former Warriors defensive lineman, could also get a call this weekend. Leonard put together an impressive pro day performance—including 41 repetitions in the bench press—to elevate his profile leading up to the draft.

“;Before (pro day) I still had a good amount of teams interested,”; he said from his home in Sacramento. “;The pro day helped solidify me hopefully as a late-round pick or a free agent.”;

Leonard said he's heard from about 20 teams since pro day and could play tackle in a 4-3 alignment, as he did at Hawaii, or end in a 3-4 front.