Aruna selected by Minnesota Vikings in 6th round of 2018 NFL Draft
The Nigerian native becomes the 142nd Tulane student-athlete drafted in NFL history
NEW ORLEANS – Tulane University defensive lineman Ade Aruna was selected with the 218th overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft Saturday afternoon.
Aruna’s becomes the second Tulane student-athlete taken in this year’s NFL Draft. He also becomes the 142nd Tulane player chosen in the NFL Draft in program history.
He joins Parry Nickerson, who was selected with the 179th overall (sixth round) pick by the New York Jets earlier today. The 2018 NFL Draft marks just the third time since 2000 that Tulane has had two players chosen in the same year.
Aruna started in 11 of Tulane’s 12 games this past season. He also totaled 25 tackles and posted 3.0 sacks, which ranked second on the team this past season.
He finished his career as a four-year letterman, made 34 starts on the defensive line and totaled 107 total tackles.
Aruna was one of two Tulane players invited to the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. During the combine, Aruna took part in six of the seven combine workouts and he posted a time of 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 18 repetitions on the bench press, a 38.5-inch leap in vertical jump, a 128.0-inch performance in the broad jump, a time of 7.53 in the three cone drill and a performance of 4.48 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle.
His performance in the broad and vertical jumps were tops among all defensive lineman, while his time in the 40-yard dash was the second-best among defensive linemen.
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