Lefotu's selection 'totally unexpected'

There's nothing like a call from Joe Gibbs to brighten up your day. That is exactly what happened to Wildcat OL Kili Lefotu. Even Lefotu was surprised when the Redskins made the draft day call.

Lefotu was the lone Wildcat drafted this weekend, but even that was a surprise. Of the Wildcat seniors, most draft experts did not have the lineman being selected.

He was not even watching the draft until the Cardinals called to tell him that he may be their pick in the seventh round. That did not happen, but Lefotu decided to keep watching. Soon thereafter he got the call from Gibbs and moments later his name was being flashed on ESPN.

"It was crazy," Lefotu said. " It was a surreal moment. It was totally unexpected."

Lefotu spoke with Redskins scouts at the Wildcats' pro timing day and his agent had a few conversations with them. He had them on his list of teams that he'd like to sign with as a free agent. Instead he was their second to last selection of the draft.

"My agent had talked to them and they were in my final three," Lefotu said. "I didn't think I was going to get drafted so this is great."

Lefotu will fly to Washington on Thursday for his initial meetings with the Redskins. Although it is never easy for a seventh round draft pick to make a club, Lefotu feels that there is a great opportunity to latch on with the club.

"My agent told me I have a good, solid chance to make the team," said Lefotu. "They do no have that many offensive linemen on their active roster and I have a good chance at playing my first year."

Lefotu's versatility was the key. He played guard, center and tackle at Arizona and that position flexibility was a selling point.

"I spoke with their offensive line coach and he said they were interested in moving me around the interior," Lefotu explained. "They like that I can play both guard spots and center."

Lefotu is the first Wildcat drafted since 2003 when Lance Briggs, Bobby Wade and Makoa Freitas were all selected. He also becomes the first player recruited by John Mackovic to be drafted by an NFL team.

*Unconfirmed reports have Wildcat punter Danny Baugher agreeing to terms in principal with the Bengals.

*Mike Bell, Gilbert Harris and Copeland Bryan are all expected to sign free agent deals within the next few days. Lamon Means could also sign with a team.

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