ALLEN PARK, Mich. (WJBK) - The Detroit Lions select LB Jahlani Tavai out of Hawaii with the 43rd overall pick in the secound round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
#Lions Tavai “I’m speechless”. Says his agent said he would go day two or day three, “Really happy and really thankful for the opportunity. Really excited.”— FOX 2 Sports (@FOX2Sports) April 27, 2019
Tavai, 6'4" 245 pounds, played five years at the University of Hawaii and redshirted his freshman year, but grew up in southern California. He had 82 tackles his senior year and two sacks, but he only played in eight games due to a shoulder injury. The last two seasons he was named the team's defensive MVP by Head Coach Bob Wagner.
#Lions Tavai says his shoulder is “great”— FOX 2 Sports (@FOX2Sports) April 27, 2019
In total he had 378 tackles, 5 pass deflections, 17.5 sacks, 3 forced and 2 interceptions during his four seasons at Hawaii.
#Lions Tavai on message to fans “I’m giving 110 percent effort every play...I want to be that guy they’re looking for.”— FOX 2 Sports (@FOX2Sports) April 27, 2019
The Lions next pick in the third round, 88th overall.
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