The University of Washington’s career sacks leader became the fourth Husky drafted in the first two rounds of the draft, a record high for UW in the first two rounds.

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Yes, Hau’oli was happy.

The New Orleans Saints were too after taking Hau’oli Kikaha in the second round (44th pick overall) of the NFL draft on Friday.

The University of Washington’s career sacks leader became the fourth Husky drafted in the first two rounds of the draft, a record high for UW in the first two rounds.

Kikaha — whose first name means “happy” in Hawaiian and whose last name means “to soar, to fly” — was the fifth unanimous All-American in UW history last fall, when the defensive end led the nation with 19 sacks, a school season record. That was the most sacks in the nation and the most in college football since 2005.

He also holds UW records for career sacks (36) and season tackles for loss (25).

Kikaha watched the draft with family and friends in Hawaii.

“I’m just stoked right now. Everything is kind of a blur and so surreal,” he said in an interview with the Saints’ team website, adding: “I can’t even explain the feeling. … This is an amazing, next-level extreme feeling right now.”

Kikaha was one of the most respected leaders in the UW locker room and was twice named to the Pac-12 Conference’s academic first team. One of his anthropology professors, Holly Barker, recently called Kikaha the best student she’s ever had.

“He’s a guy we spent a lot of time with. He’s got great football DNA,” said Saints coach Sean Payton, who envisions Kikaha at outside linebacker. “Occasionally, there are players you really hope you have a chance to coach, and this guy would be that player for us.”

Kikaha tore the ACL in his left knee in 2011 and tore it again in 2012, wiping out two seasons at UW. He returned to the field in 2013 with a new uniform number (8) and a new name, after going by Hau’oli Jamora early in his career.

Kikaha’s stock might have taken a bit of a hit because of his 4.9-second 40-yard dash time at UW’s Pro Day last month, but ESPN’s Todd McShay considered Kikaha one of the most underrated players in the draft.

“There’s nothing that Kikaha cannot do,” McShay said.

UW nose tackle Danny Shelton, Kikaha’s close friend, was selected with the 12th pick in the first round Thursday night. (Interestingly, Payton admitted the Saints would have taken Shelton with the 13th pick.)

Cornerback Marcus Peters and Shaq Thompson also went in the first round Thursday, and Kikaha credited all the early selections to “the culture building and a great brotherhood” happening at UW.

“It’s just a ton of individuals that are working together that make us better every day, and I’m thankful to everyone at that institution,” Kikaha said.

Later in the third round, Tacoma native Xavier Cooper became the first Washington State player selected in this draft.

The Browns traded up to grab Cooper, a defensive tackle, with the 96th overall pick, and Cleveland’s rebuilt defensive line could feature a Husky (Shelton) and a Cougar (Cooper) starting next to each other.

The Browns drafted another Pac-12 defensive lineman, Utah’s Nate Orchard, in the second round; coincidentally, Shelton, Cooper and Orchard all trained together this winter in San Diego. Cooper is WSU’s highest-drafted defensive lineman since 1998.

Several other former Huskies — notably, defensive end Andrew Hudson, linebacker John Timu and receiver Kasen Williams — could be drafted in the final four rounds Saturday.