Giants 1st Rnd Pick: Mathias Kiwanuka Profile

The Giants traded down with the Steelers, and then drafted Mathias Kiwanuka at #32. The pick had the ESPN crew kind of scratching their heads. Logic dictates they are either seeing him as a LB or they are seeing him as Strahan retirement insurance.

MATHIAS KIWANUKA
Defensive End
Boston College Eagles
#94
6:05.2-262
Indianapolis, Indiana
Cathedral High School
 
OVERVIEW
 
Regarded as one of the premier pass rushers in college football, Mathias has drawn comparisons to Philadelphia's Jevon Kearse for his explosive burst and ability to close on a quarterback in an instant. The Communications major proudly displays a Ugandan flag in his dorm room as a reminder of his African heritage and in memory of his late grand-father, Benedicto Kiwanuka, who was elected Uganda's first prime minister in 1961 and assassinated in 1972 by Idi Amin. At Cathedral High School, Mathias earned Super Prep and Prep Football Report All-Midwest honors. He was a 2000 All-State and All-City selection, as he helped lead Cathedral to back-toback state 4A championships in 1998 and 1999. The team compiled a 36-5 record in his three
years with the varsity. As a senior, Kiwanuka recorded 39 tackles, 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage and one pass break-up as a defensive end and registered 98 receiving yards as a tight end.
 
Kiwanuka redshirted in 2001 at Boston College, allowing his lanky 215-pound frame to develop. He added over thirty pounds of muscle while performing with the scout team that year. In 2002, he appeared in every game, starting the first two at left defensive end. He made 44 tackles (27 solos) with five sacks and 7.5 stops for losses as a redshirt freshman. He returned a fumble recovery 49 yards for a touchdown, intercepted a pass and deflected two others. In 2003, Mathias emerged as the team's starting left end. He earned All-Big East honors as he led the conference with 11.5 sacks. He posted a career-high 83 tackles (58 solos) with sixteen stops behind the line of scrimmage, 24 quarterback pressures and five pass deflections. Kiwanuka was named Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2004, as he produced 11.5 sacks, 24.5 stops for losses and 67 tackles (36 solos). He also picked off two passes, returning one 32 yards for a touchdown.
 
The school shifted to the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2005. After seriously considering entering the 2005 NFL Draft, Mathias opted to return to school for his senior year and registered 51 tackles (34 solos) with 9.5 sacks and 16.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. In 49 games with the Eagles, Kiwanuka started 38 times. He recorded 245 tackles (155 solos) and set school career-records with 37.5 sacks for minus 215 yards and 64.5 stops for losses of
297 yards. He recovered two fumbles, including one for a 49-yard score and had three forced fumbles. He deflected thirteen passes and intercepted three others, returning one 32 yards for a touchdown.
 
CAREER NOTES
 
Holds the school career-record with 37.5 sacks for minus 215 yards, topping the previous mark of 29 by Outland Trophy winner Mike Ruth (1982-85)…His 31 career sacks while BC was in the Big East rank fifth in conference annals behind Cornell Brown of Virginia Tech (36, 1993-96), Corey Moore of Virginia Tech (35, 1997-99), Dwight Freeney of Syracuse (34, 1998-01) and Canute Curtis of West Virginia (32, 1993-96)…His 11.5 sacks in both 2003 and 2004 rank third on the school's season-record list behind Mike Mamula (13 in 1994) and Eric Stortz (12 in 1997)…Collected 64.5 stops for losses of 297 yards.
 
2005 SEASON
 
All-American first-team selection by the American Football Coaches Association…All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team choice…On the 2005 Watch Lists for the Walter Camp Foundation (player of the year), Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player), Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player), Lombardi Award (lineman) and Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end)…Started eleven games at left defensive end, missing the Wake Forest game with a right knee sprain and most of second half of the Virginia clash when he was injured and ejected from that game…Finished with 51 tackles (34 solos), 9.5 sacks for minus 51 yards, 16.5 stops for losses of 73 yards and two quarterback pressures…Had four pass deflections and caused a fumble…Penalized three times…Had eleven third-down stops…Thirteen of his tackles came in pass coverage.
 
2004 SEASON
 
Unanimous All-Big East Conference first-team selection…Started every game at left defensive end…Recorded 67 tackles (36 solos) and led the conference for the second-straight year with 11.5 sacks for minus 82 yards…Ranked third in the nation with 24.5 stops for losses of 117 yards…Intercepted two passes, returning one 32 yards for a touchdown…Also deflected two passes.
 
2003 SEASON
 
All-Big East Conference first-team selection…Took over left defensive end duties, leading The conference with 11.5 sacks for minus 55 yards…Fourth on the squad with a career-high 83 tackles (58 solos)…Had sixteen stops for losses of 73 yards and 24 quarterback pressures…Caused and recovered a fumble…Also deflected five passes.
 
2002 SEASON
 
Played in every game, starting the first two games vs. Connecticut and Stanford for an injured Derric Rossey at left defensive end…Finished with 44 tackles (27 solos), five sacks for minus 27 yards and 7.5 stops for losses of 34 yards…Returned a fumble recovery 49 yards for a touchdown and caused a fumble…Intercepted a pass and deflected two others…Also had two quarterback pressures.
 
2002 SEASON
 
Resdshirted as a freshman…Spent the season adding 33 pounds to his 215-pound frame and performing on the scout team.
 
CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
 
4.68 in the 40-yard dash…310-pound bench press…35-inch arm length…10-inch hands… Righthanded.

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