By appearance (350+ pounds) and pleasantly surprising pass rush ability, Ika seems like a dream fit to insert at nose, shade nose and 3 tech for Robert Saleh. The issue is his down by down consistency dropped off this season and teams will need to tap into why.
Siaki Ika was one of the better known interior defensive linemen coming into the 2022 season but he hasn't quite kept up that momentum going into the draft process. Ika is built like a barrel. He came in at 6'3" and 335 lbs at the combine but has been listed as 350+ lbs in the past. He has short but powerful arms can bury He had typical athletic testing for a player his size at the combine.
Ika had a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde situation this past season and it's the best way to frame his abilities. When he's on, Ika is the ultimate space eater with additional pass rush upside. He can occupy and sometimes split double teams and keeps backers clean. Ika can be impossible take single block in the run game, and can press IOLs yards into the backfield. He also has flashes of pass rush ability that typical nose tackles don't, including the occasional spin and a vicious long arm.
When Ika isn't on, though, it looks quite different. At times, he didn't finish plays with much effort and simply didn't operate with much force or urgency. For a player who wasn't an every down player, you want to see consistent effort and maximum impact when Ika's on the field.
If you're getting the best version of Ika at the next level, you're getting a player that can play 0-3 techniques and fit a 3 or 4 down lineman scheme. He possesses enough skill and flashes of agility to be a pass rush threat on early downs. If he's right, Ika can be an immediate starter and an interior disruptor.