Warriors in NFL Draft

NEW YORK CITY (HawaiiNewsNow) – Former University of Hawai'i wide receivers Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares were selected in the fourth and fifth rounds in Saturday's National Football League Draft.

Salas was the 112th overall pick and 15th selection in the fourth round by the St. Louis Rams while Pilares was the 132nd overall and first pick in the fifth round by the Carolina Panthers.

Salas, a third-team Associated Press All-American, is the first UH receiver taken in the draft since Chad Owens was picked in the sixth round of the 2005 draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chino, Calif., native was a semifinalist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver, and a two-time all-WAC first team selection.

He finished his career as the school's all-time leader in receiving yards (4,345) and also set single-season records for receptions (119) and yards (1,889) in 2010.

Pilares, a second-team all-WAC last season, ranked seventh nationally with 100.5 receiving yards per game and 13th in receptions per game at 6.8. The Honolulu, Oahu native was named to the ESPN CoSIDA Academic All-America first team, becoming just the second player in school history to earn that distinction.

Pilares finished with 1,306 receiving yards, the fifth highest single-season total in school history and ranked second on the team with 15 touchdowns.

In all, a total of three former UH players have been taken in this year's Draft. Running back Alex Green was picked by the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in Friday's third round.

Since 1993, Salas is the fourth former Warrior to be selected by the Rams. Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa was picked in the second round of the 2003 Draft. Offense lineman Kaulana Noa was a fourth round selection in 2000 and defensive lineman Maa Tanuvasa was picked in the eighth round in 1993.

Prior to Pilares, no previous UH player had been selected by the franchise in the NFL Draft.