CARSON, Calif. (HawaiiNewsNow) - When kids start playing football, a lot of them dream about someday playing in the NFL. That was the case for linebacker Blaze Soares and center John Estes.
But Thursday at their Pro Day in California, both former Warriors were injured while trying to impress NFL scouts.
Both Soares and Estes pulled hamstrings while running the 40-yard dash.
It's a shame, because both were putting on a show before they got hurt.
"Blaze Soares had a 34.5 inch vertical jump," said associate coach Rich Miano. "He bench pressed 225 pounds 26 times. He had a great ten-yard dash at 1.52 (seconds) and a great 20-yard dash at 2.57, so he was on pace to run a tremendous 40-yard dash and the scouts were very excited about him.
"John had a good ten time and twenty time. He did 225 (pounds) 26 times. He weighed in at 302. And he was doing well in the vertical and the broad jump and it's a shame because there were a lot of offensive line coaches there," Miano said.
The injuries could diminish their draft stock, but both Estes and Soares still have a good shot at making an NFL roster.
In all, there were 22 former UH players at Pro Day and every team in the NFL sent a scout.
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