HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three collegiate athletes who played high school football in Hawaii have been invited to the NFL's 2016 Scouting Combine.
Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner, a Waianae native and graduate of Punahou School, was a virtual lock for an invitation. Several draft experts, including ESPN's Mel Kiper, Kr., believe Buckner will be a top-5 pick in this year's NFL Draft. He played at Oregon with quarterback Marcus Mariota, the number two overall pick in last year's draft.
Buckner's Punahou teammate Kaimi Fairbairn, a Lou Groza Award-winning kicker from UCLA, and former Saint Louis Crusader Kamalei Correa, a defensive end from Boise State, also received invitations.
No players from the 2015 University of Hawaii football team were invited to the scouting combine.