Former NFL Player: Draft Prospect Siaki Ika ‘Fits Into Every Scheme’
Apr 14, 2023, 12:48 PM
Sylvester, who played in the league from 2010-14, discussed Ika’s potential as an NFL player and his fit in the professional game during a recent episode of KSL Sports Live.
During his conversation with Jeremiah Jensen, the former NFL defender said Ika is “going to have a great NFL career.”
“This guy is huge and he has a big presence,” Sylvester said of Ika.
Sylvester had two items stick out to him on Ika’s film from college: 1) gap integrity and 2) scheme versatility.
“In any scheme you go into, you’ve got to be able to handle your responsibilities. Do your job,” the football analyst said. “Ika fits into every scheme…because of his athletic ability, his ability to stay square at the line of scrimmage and move his feet.”
Sylvester compared Ika to current Tampa Bay Buccaneers standout Vita Vea.
Become familiar with #Baylor NT Siaki Ika #62.
Verified 6-4, 354 pounds with nimble feet and natural power. LSU transfer. He looked like Vita Vea on the Ole Miss tape.
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) August 9, 2022
For more on Sylvester’s breakdown of Ika, see the video above.
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.
During his college career, Ika recorded 70 total tackles, 36 solo tackles, five sacks, and three pass breakups.
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.
— NFL (@NFL) March 2, 2023
2023 NFL Draft
The 2023 NFL Draft is scheduled to take place at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri from April 27-29.