A 6-foot-3, 290-pound Brampton, Ont. native, Ekakitie went on to play 14 games with Winnipeg that year, making five defensive tackles in his first professional season.
The 25-year-old played 34 games with the Hawkeyes, collecting 54 tackles, 10 tackles for losses and 0.5 sacks, while recovering one fumble. The former University of Iowa Hawkeye helped his team reach the Rose Bowl during his senior year, when his team faced the Stanford University Cardinal on New Year’s Day 2016.
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