Pick #169: Tennessee DT Jesse Mahelona
By Jeff Fuqua
Posted April 30th, 2006
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With the 169th pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select Tennessee DT Jesse Mahelona.
Mahelona is a hard-working one-gap tackle who plays with a nasty attitude. He explodes off the snap, plays with good pad level and displays solid hand technique protecting himself. He fires up the field between gaps, flashes on the scene and has a burst of closing speed. He stays with the action and plays injured.
The following is a full bio from NFL.com:
Jesse was a physical presence in the trenches for the Volunteers the last two years. The Hawaiian native is a disruptive force with the tenacity and technique to tie up multiple blockers in order to free up the team’s edge rushers to attack the backfield. He is the second member of his family to play college football, joining his brother, Steven, who recently completed his playing career at Tusculum.
Mahelona was a first-team All-State selection as a senior at Kealakehe High School, where he competed as a defensive end and fullback. He led the squad with 11 sacks and averaged 10 tackles per game, earning Honor Roll recognition in his final campaign. He added All-State accolades as a junior, playing defensive end and defensive tackle. Jesse also competed in soccer, basketball and paddling (outrigger canoe).
After graduating from high school, Jesse spent two seasons (2002-03) at Orange Coast (Calif.) College. He was rated by Rivals.com and TheInsiders.com as best junior college defensive tackle prospect in country. In ten games during his freshman campaign, he totaled 73 tackles, including seven stops for losses and seven sacks. He finished his junior college career with 89 tackles (50 solos), 10.5 sacks and 13.5 stops for losses.
Mahelona earned All-American honors from The Sporting News in 2004 during his first season at Tennessee. He started eleven games at left defensive tackle, producing 42 tackles (28 solos), five sacks, seven quarterback pressures and led the Southeastern Conference with 18.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
He earned All-SEC honorable mention and was a semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award as a senior. Jesse produced 35 tackles (18 solos) with two sacks and eight stops behind the line of scrimmage. He caused a fumble and was credited with nine quarterback pressures.
In 24 games at Tennessee, Jesse started 22 times. He registered 77 tackles (46 solos) with seven sacks for minus 69 yards and 26.5 stops for losses of 122 yards. He was credited with sixteen quarterback pressures and caused a fumble. For his entire collegiate career, Mahelona appeared in 36 contests, producing 166 tackles (96 solos), 17.5 sacks and 40 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Ranks tenth in school history with 19.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage vs. the run…His 18.5 total tackles behind the line of scrimmage in 2004 ranks sixth on the school’s season-record list behind Leonard Little (25 in 1995), Reggie White (24 in 1983), Todd Kelly (21 in 1992), John Henderson (20 in 2000) and Shaun Ellis (19.5 in 1999).
All-Southeastern Conference honorable mention by the Associated Press…Semi-finalist for the Lombardi Award…Started all year at right defensive tackle…Recorded 35 tackles (18 solos) with two sacks for minus 17 yards and eight stops for losses of 31 yards… Credited with nine quarterback pressures and caused a fumble.
All-American selection by The Sporting News…Consensus All-Southeastern Conference secondteam pick…Started eleven games at left defensive tackle …Finished with 42 tackles (28 solos) and five sacks for minus 52 yards…Led the SEC with 18.5 stops for losses of 81 yards, the sixthbest season total in school history…Also registered seven quarterback pressures.
Lettered twice (2002-03) at Orange Coast (Calif.) College, playing football for head coach Mike Taylor…Rated by Rivals.com and TheInsiders.com as best junior college defensive tackle prospect in country…In ten games during his freshman campaign, he totaled 73 tackles, including seven stops for losses and seven sacks…Finished his junior college career with 89 tackles (50 solos), 10.5 sacks and 13.5 stops for losses.
CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
5.05 in the 40-yard dash…360-pound bench press…32-inch arm length…9-inch hands.
Attended Kealakehe (Kailua-Kona, Hi.) High School, playing football for head coach Joe Nahale…First-team All-State selection as a senior, competing as a defensive end and fullback…Led the squad with 11 sacks and averaged 10 tackles per game, earning Honor Roll recognition in his final campaign…Added All-State accolades as a junior, playing defensive end and defensive tackle…Also competed in soccer, basketball and paddling (outrigger canoe).
Sociology/Criminal Justice major…Brother, Steven, played football at Tusculum…Born Jesse Kahuanani Mahelona on 4/07/83…Resides in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.