Photos: Saints draft Kikaha _lowres

Washington defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha with the defensive player of the game trophy Fight Hunger Bowl NCAA college football game on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) ORG XMIT: CAMS226


The top item on many’s wishlist for the Saints was a pass rusher.

After ignoring that need with both first-round picks, New Orleans scratched that item off their checklist by drafting linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha with the 44th overall pick in the NFL draft.

The Washington product finished last season with 19 sacks, including at least one in 13 of 14 games.