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40-yard dash will be key for Warriors at NFL Combine

NFL Combine NFL Combine
Kealoha Pilares (in white jersey) & Coach Greg McMackin Kealoha Pilares (in white jersey) & Coach Greg McMackin
Rich Miano Rich Miano
Alex Green, #25 Alex Green, #25

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Greg McMackin's Warriors had one of the most prolific offenses in the country this season and now three of them will get the chance to showcase their skills next month, in front of hundreds of scouts at this year's NFL Combine.

Associate head coach Rich Miano confirmed that wide receivers Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares, along with running back Alex Green have been invited to the Combine.

Salas set a UH single-season record with almost 1,700 receiving yards this year and scored 14 touchdowns. 

Draft experts project him to be taken between the third and fifth rounds.    

Pilares tore a knee ligament in the Hawaii Bowl, but he will not need surgery and will be out about a month. 

Miano says Pilares might be able to do more drills at the UH Pro Day in April, rather than next month's Combine. 

"For those two guys, in particular Greg, the 40-yard dash is going to determine whether he's going to be a 4th round draft pick, a 3rd round draft pick or a 2nd round draft pick," Miano said. "He's had a tremendous career on the field, but they want to know what his top end speed is. So the 40-yard dash will be huge for Greg. In Kealoha's case, he's injured so he has to rehab as much as possible and do whatever testing's permissible; as much as his body will allow." 

Miano calls Green the most prototypical NFL running back prospect Hawaii has had in quite some time. Miano says Green has the size and speed to excel at the next level.

Green led the nation in rushing yards per carry and became the first Warrior since Travis Sims in 1992 to run for over a thousand yards in a season.

The Combine will be held in Indianapolis the week of February 23rd. 300 players nationwide have been invited and as many as 50 personnel from each NFL team is scheduled to attend.

The players will be put through a grueling series of physical and mental tests, as well as a lengthy interview process. 

 

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