HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former Rainbow Warrior linebacker Jahlani Tavai didn’t hear his name get called in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, but he didn’t have to wait long on Day 2 as he was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 43rd pick of the second round.
In his career at Hawaii, Tavai racked up 390 total tackles (41 for loss), 16.5 sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles en route to re-writing the record books as the program’s second all-time leading tackler.
Tavai proved his versatility as Warrior, playing both inside and middle linebacker during his time in Manoa. It’s that versatility that as Tavai shooting up draft boards as a possible mid-round steal.
Tavai becomes the third-highest draft pick in program history behind Ashley Lelie (No. 19 overall) and Travis LaBoy (No. 42 overall).
Despite not being able to compete in this year’s NFL Combine, Tavai posted solid workout numbers in his private workouts, including a Vertical Jump of 33 1/2″ and a 20-Yard Shuttle of 4.41 seconds.