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Another Ugandan Vacaville High School graduate Josh Kaddu drafted by Miami Dolphins

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Posted April 29, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 4,202 views

     


BY MATT MILLER/MMILLER@THEREPORTER.COM
Josh Kaddu is taking his talents to South Beach.
The hard-working and humble Vacaville High School graduate would never make such a bold statement like Miami Heat superstar LeBron James. Still, it fits after Kaddu received word just before noon on Saturday that he was a fifth-round selection (155th overall) of the Miami Dolphins.

“It’s really great. I feel so good, blessed by God,” Kaddu said. “I’m happy to be a Miami Dolphin.”

Kaddu was home splitting his time between watching the draft and playing basketball with friends. The call came during a pickup game when suddenly he was having conversations with the Dolphins’ new head coach, Joe Philbin, general manager Jeff Ireland and the Miami press corps.

“I was playing just to get my mind off of it,” Kaddu said. “There wasn’t that much stress, just a lot of anxiety, waiting to hear my name called. That was one of the best phone calls I’ve ever gotten in my life.”

Solano County’s first draft selection on Saturday was Rodriguez product and Nevada inside linebacker James-Michael Johnson. He went in the fourth round (120th pick) to the Cleveland Browns.

Kaddu’s Vacaville teammate, Zack Nash, had hoped to be drafted as well after a standout career at Sacramento State as a defensive end but was not chosen. Nash still has hopes of signing with a team as a free agent.

Kaddu becomes the first Vacaville High athlete to be drafted since 2008, when Thomas Williams was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars after his college career at USC. Amazingly, Williams and Kaddu both went in the fifth round with the 155th pick in their respective drafts.
Vacaville defensive back Vince Newsome was taken in the fourth round (97th overall) of the 1983 draft by the Los Angeles Rams after his career at the University of Washington. Will C. Wood’s Jarrett Bush and Vacaville’s Kyle DeVan both were able to build NFL careers by signing as free agents.

Kaddu stands at 6-foot-3 and 239 pounds. He was a first-team all-Pacific 12 linebacker at Oregon his senior season and started all 14 games. The outside linebacker recorded 50 tackles for the Ducks on their run to the Rose Bowl championship and had 6 1/2 sacks.

Kaddu also said he may have helped himself by going to the NFL Combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds and displayed a vertical leap of 34 inches.

“The Dolphins were one of the teams I talked to at the combine, but I didn’t think anything of it,” he said. “I’m blessed they decided to pick me. I guess they want to use me as a pass rusher, but I’m not exactly sure. One of the things I’ll do is play special teams and hopefully move up the depth chart.”

Kaddu said he wasn’t “going to go crazy” after the draft, just a low-key barbecue with family and friends. He heads back to school in Eugene this week before soon flying to Miami for a minicamp.


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