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Pro prospects with Hawaii ties hope to hear their names called in the 2022 NFL Draft

It’s every football players dream to it to NFL Draft weekend and after stellar collegiate careers and months of preparation, a bunch of prospects with Hawaii ti
Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 6:03 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It’s every football players dream to it to NFL Draft weekend and after stellar collegiate careers and months of preparation, a bunch of prospects with Hawaii ties are hoping to turn those dreams into reality.

Hundreds of NFL hopefuls are waiting to see if their names will be called in Las Vegas, one of them being Kapolei and Notre Dame Defensive lineman Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, who feels that he set himself up to get the call, but really doesn’t know what to expect.

“This process has been one that’s exciting, but it’s also one that is like the first time in your own football career, where it’s unknown right.” Tagovailoa-Amosa told Hawaii News Now. “You don’t know what’s going to happen, you don’t know who’s going to call, but you just got to stay ready.”

Another local looking to make it to the league is Mililani and USC running back Vavae Malepeai, who says he’s just looking for an opportunity to showcase his skills.

“It would mean a lot it.” Malepeai said. “It would mean everything to me you know because I feel like with everybody who’s done so much for me with the work that I’ve put in, it’ll be like a another full circle moment I’d say, at the same time I’m just glad to be here.”

Both Homegrown prospects say the highest honor will always be representing Hawaii.

“To represent where I’m from and you know all the people who’ve invested in me because whenever I see people win, you know I look up to them.” Malepeai said. “Guys from Hawaii, I look up to them and man like that could be me one day.”

Other draft hopefuls with ties to the islands include the University of Hawaii’s do it all offensive weapon Calvin Turner Jr.

The 2022 NFL Draft continues on Friday with rounds two and three, followed by the remaining rounds on Saturday.

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