The Detroit Lions have drafted Hawaii linebacker Jahlani Tavai in the second round of the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Tavai is second on Hawaii’s career list in tackles and was on preseason watch lists last year for the Bronko Nagurski and Butkus awards. He averaged 10.2 tackles a game in an injury-shortened 2018.

In 2017, he started all 12 games at middle linebacker and ranked 10th nationally in tackles.

Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn addresses the media in his annual pre-draft news conference, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Allen Park, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Lions General Manager Bob Quinn addresses the media in his annual pre-draft news conference, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Allen Park, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Detroit took Tavai with the 43rd pick — the highest a Hawaii player has been drafted since Tennessee took defensive end Travis LaBoy at No. 42 in 2004.

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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

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