Baylor football: Top 3 Bears prospects for 2022 NFL Draft

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3. Siaki Ika, DT

Siaki Ika joined Baylor from the transfer portal after playing at LSU, including as a member of the 2019 Tigers team that won the national championship.

The 6-foot-4, 350-pound defensive tackle had natural ties to the Baylor football program, considering that he played under head coach Dave Aranda and defensive line coach Dennis Johnson from LSU.

Ika played in nearly every game of LSU’s 2019 national title-winning season as a freshman, recording 17 tackles. The Salt Lake City native appeared in only two games last season. Due to his large stature as a young child, his parents would have to bring a birth certificate to each game to prove his actual age.

Ika, who is of Tongan descent, was named to the 2019 Polynesian Bowl roster out of high school and was a highly recruited prospect. Not only does his addition to Baylor give the Bears an intimidating run-stuffer in the middle of the defense, but NFL teams could come calling with a successful 2021 campaign.