NEW YORK (HawaiiNewsNow) -
At least two more players with Hawaii ties were selected by teams in the NFL draft Friday.
And Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio answered criticism Friday for taking St. Louis School graduate Tyson Alualu with the 10th overall pick.
Del Rio said people in the know considered Alualu a hot commodity and if the Jaguars had not taken him when they did, someone else may have picked him before the Jags got another chance to take him.
"What you're talking about is the ability to build the foundation of this football team. Guys that are going to be good players 8, 9, 10-years. Nobody that I evaluated on tape has more passion or plays harder than this guy (Alualu)," Del Rio said.
"He's got all the hair hanging out like Troy Polamalu so you'll be able to identify who it is, you won't even need to know what number he's wearing."
The Miami Dolphins picked Utah linebacker Koa Misi with the 40th overall pick. Misi grew up in California, but his father Sione went to Kalaheo High School and played football at the University of Hawaii.
The Cleveland Browns selected Farrington High School graduate Shawn Lauvao with the 92nd pick Friday.
Rounds 4-7 of the 2010 NFL draft will be held Friday.
No players from the University of Hawaii have been taken yet, but center John Estes is holding out hope he will be taken before the draft is finished.
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