Veikune, Unger get the call


POSTED: Sunday, April 26, 2009

David Veikune put the phone down and lined up his shot on the 13th hole at the Mililani Golf Club yesterday.

Trying to get his ball onto the green, he shanked his shot way off to the left.

And with that, his professional football career was under way.

The former Warriors defensive end was selected by the Cleveland Browns yesterday in the second round (52nd overall) of the NFL Draft.

Center Max Unger, a 2004 Hawaii Prep graduate, was also drafted yesterday in the second round, by the Seattle Seahawks with the 49th overall pick.

Veikune got the call while playing golf with his father and his girlfriend.

“;I'm excited that I'm going to be playing with Cleveland and relieved that this whole draft process is finally over,”; he said.

Veikune, who describes his golf game as “;pretty bad,”; was just thankful he got picked so he didn't have to go back out on the course again today.

“;I was thinking, 'Man, I'm going to have to golf two days in a row if I don't get picked,'”; said the Campbell High School graduate.

At 6-feet-2, 257 pounds, Veikune impressed scouts at the NFL Combine by bench-pressing 225 pounds 35 times, the third-most among defensive linemen.

Veikune said he spoke with Cleveland coach Eric Mangini before the draft.

“;They definitely were one of the teams I thought where I'd go, but you never know until you get that phone call,”; he said.

As the 52nd overall pick, Veikune is just the 10th former UH player to be selected in the first two rounds of the draft and the first to be chosen that early since Travis LaBoy was taken by the Tennessee Titans with the 42nd overall pick in 2004.

Ashley Lelie remains the only UH player to be picked in the first round.

Veikune heads to Cleveland for the first day of Browns rookie camp on Thursday.

Unger was a two-time All-Pac-10 offensive lineman at Oregon, where he started 50 consecutive games

The Seahawks traded their third- and fourth-round picks to the Bears to get Unger, who can play anywhere on the offensive line.

Players with Hawaii ties expected to be drafted today include former Warriors Ryan Mouton and Jake Ingram and Southern California linebacker Kaluka Maiava, a 2005 graduate of Baldwin High on Maui.

2009 NFL Draft Selections

At New York


33. Detroit, Louis Delmas, db, Western Michigan.

34. New England (from Kansas City), Patrick Chung, db, Oregon.

35. St. Louis, James Laurinaitis, lb, Ohio State.

36. Cleveland, Brian Robiskie, wr, Ohio State.

37. Denver (from Seattle), Alphonso Smith, db, Wake Forest.

38. Cincinnati, Rey Maualuga, lb, Southern Cal.

39. Jacksonville, Eben Britton, ot, Arizona.

40. New England (from Oakland), Ron Brace, dt, Boston College.

41. New England (from Green Bay), Darius Butler, db, Connecticut.

42. Buffalo, Jairus Byrd, db, Oregon.

43. Carolina (from San Francisco), Everette Brown, de, Florida State.

44. Miami (from Washington), Pat White, qb, West Virginia.

45. New York Giants (from New Orleans), Clint Sintim, lb, Virginia.

46. Houston, Connor Barwin, de, Cincinnati.

47. Oakland (from San Diego through New England), Michael Mitchell, db, Ohio.

48. Denver, Darcel McBath, db, Texas Tech.

49. Seattle (from Chicago), Max Unger, c, Oregon.

50. Cleveland (from Tampa Bay), Mohamed Massaquoi, wr, Georgia.

51. Buffalo (from Dallas), Andy Levitre, g, Oregon State.

52. Cleveland (from N.Y. Jets), David Veikune, de, Hawaii.

53. Philadelphia, LeSean McCoy, rb, Pittsburgh.

54. Minnesota, Phil Loadholt, ot, Oklahoma.

55. Atlanta, William Moore, db, Missouri.

56. Indianapolis (from Miami), Fili Moala, dt, Southern Cal.

57. Baltimore, Paul Kruger, de, Utah.

58. New England, Sebastian Vollmer, ot, Houston.

59. Carolina, Sherrod Martin, db, Troy.

60. New York Giants, Will Beatty, ot, Connectitcut.

61. Miami (from Indianapolis), Sean Smith, db, Utah.

62. Tennessee, Sen'Derrick Marks, dt, Auburn.

63. Arizona, Cody Brown, lb, Connecticut.

64. Denver (from Pittsburgh), Richard Quinn, te, North Carolina.




Former Warriors selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft



Golden RichardsWR1973Dallas46
Jeris WhiteDB1974Miami52
Walter MurrayWR1986Wash.45
Adrian KlemmOT2000N.E.46
Ashley LelieWR2002Denver19
Pisa TinoisamoaLB2003St. Louis43
Travis LaBoyDE2004Tenn.42
Samson SateleC2007Miami60
Ikaika Alama-FrancisDE2007Detroit58
David VeikuneDE2009Clev.52