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Lefotu Drafted by Redskins
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 01, 2006
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University of Arizona offensive lineman Kili Lefotu of Riverside, Calif., was selected by the Washington Redskins in the NFL Draft on Sunday, as the No. 22 pick in the seventh round.

Three other Wildcats signed as free agents with NFL teams on Sunday, punter Danny Baugher with the Cincinnati Bengals, safety Darrell Brooks with the Dallas Cowboys and defensive end Copeland Bryan with the Tennessee Titans. Two UA running backs, Mike Bell and Gilbert Harris, also are expected to ink free agent tryout contracts.

Lefotu, who played both guard positions and right tackle at Arizona, is the most current UA player drafted since a trio of Wildcats -- 2005 all-pro linebacker Lance Briggs, wide receiver Bobby Wade and offensive lineman Makoa Freitas -- were taken in the 2003 NFL Draft.

"Kili's a tailor-made guard for the National Football League," UA heqad coach Mike Stoops said. "He has great strength and mobility, and has a great chance of making it."

Lefou, 22, played in 43 games in his four years at Arizona, with 37 career starts. He did not redshirt. He joins Wade, who originally signed and played two years with the Chicago Bears, at Tennessee.


Kili Lefotu, Offensive Lineman

6-5, 310, Riverside, Calif.

University of Arizona


Lefotu played right guard, left guard and some tackle in 37 career starts at Arizona, contributing in 43 games... Started his career as a true freshman guard with seven starts in 2002 and was named Offensive Newcomer of the Year after the season... Did not have the benefit of a redshirt freshman break-in period... Like the other 2006 UA seniors, Lefotu's development under Mike Stoops' physical performance enhancement program only has been a two-year affair, and scouts feel his potential could be worth a look, possibly as a free agent... Was pegged to play center as a senior after spring '05 ball, and might factor at that position at the next level... Sociology major... Full given name is Kiliona... Date of birth: Nov. 23, 1983, in Honolulu...



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