HONOLULU (HawaiiAthletics) - Three former University of Hawai'i football players signed as free agents with NFL teams, Saturday, following the conclusion of the NFL Draft. For the first time since 2010, no Warriors were selected in the seven round draft.
Defensive back/kick return specialist Mike Edwards signed with the New York Jets; long snapper Luke Ingram inked with the Pittsburgh Steelers and defensive end Paipai Falemalu came to terms with the Cleveland Browns.
A two-year letterman for the Warriors, last year Edwards was the Mountain West's Special Teams Player of the Year, all-MW first-team as a return specialist and second-team defensive back, and was one of three finalists for the Jet Award, given to the nation's top return specialist.
The Cleveland, Ohio native led the country in kickoff return yardage and ranked sixth nationally with a 30.4 average. He set new UH and MW single-season marks with three touchdown returns and became the school's career kickoff return leader (2,301). Defensively, he ranked 11th nationally with 17 passes defended, which included two interceptions. He was the team's fourth-leading tackler with 43 and had five tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
Ingram finished his career having played and started all 52 games at long snapper. The Mililani, O'ahu native snapped every PAT, field goal and punt attempt during his career and did not have one bad snap that led to a blocked kick or mishandled placement. As a senior, he was named the team's special teams player of the year and participated in the Senior Bowl.
Falemalu, a second team all-MW selection, led the team with 56 tackles, including 10.0 for loss and five sacks. The Hau'ula, O'ahu native was a four-year letterman for the Warriors and concluded his career as the team's co-defensive player of the year and participated in the Casino del Sol College All-Star Game.