Veikune camping with Cleveland Browns

David Veikune
David Veikune

By Jason Tang - bio | email

CLEVELAND, OHIO (KHNL) - Less than a week after being drafted by the Cleveland Browns, David Veikune made his NFL debut at rookie camp on Friday.

Now the former Warrior has to learn a brand new position. After playing defensive end during most of his Warrior career, Veikune is now competing for a job as an outside linebacker.

The Browns are hoping Veikune will provide a big boost to their pass rush, their general manager George Kokinis praised Veikune for his work ethic, and his never ending motor.

During his two years at UH, the Wahiawa native recorded 16 sacks. He's hoping his experience will translate to the next level.

"It's a fun experience I have a lot to learn, I've never played this position before, linebacker, this is my first day ever playing linebacker, it's a new experience but a lot of fun though, you know the plays are a lot harder then college and the tempo is a lot faster, but the coaches are great and I've learned a lot really quick," said Veikune.

Not only is this David's first day at linebacker, but it's his first time playing from a stand up position, instead of hands down. But his new coach has all the confidence in him. I

"This guy's got toughness, aggressiveness and a smoothness to the way that he changes directions and run games," said Browns head coach Eric Mangini to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I think he could play both outside and inside for us moving forward."