POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 4:46 a.m. HST, Mar 29, 2011
Former Hawaii football players Greg Salas and Alex Green are hopeful that early impressions will be lasting impressions.
For their final audition for National Football League teams, Salas and Green will participate only in position drills at Thursday's UH pro day at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
"I'm going to rest on my combine numbers," said Green, a running back from Portland.
Salas, a receiver from Ontario, Calif., Green and slotback Kealoha Pilares were the only former UH players invited to compete at the NFL Scouting Combine last month.
Pilares, who was recovering from a knee injury, did not participate in the combine's running or jumping tests. But Salas and Green did well enough in those disciplines to answers questions about their speed and athletic abilities.
At the combine, NFL teams agreed that Salas ran the 40-yard dash in no slower than 4.55 seconds. A few teams clocked Salas in a sub-4.50.
Salas completed the three-cone drill in 6.65 seconds, and the 60-yard shuttle in 11.21 seconds, He had a vertical jump of 37 inches, and a broad jump of 10 feet. He bench-pressed 225 pounds 15 times.
COMING UP» UH pro day coverage: Star-Advertiser sportswriter Stephen Tsai will provide print and online coverage from Carson, Calif. UH's Pro day will be held Thursday.
NFL teams listed Green's 40-yard time between 4.46 seconds and 4.55 seconds. Green's vertical jump was 36 inches, and broad jump was 9 feet 6. He finished the three-cone drill in 6.91 seconds, and benched 225 pounds 20 times.
For pro day, Green said, "I want to be there to answer questions and show (scouts) my personality, and show my athletic ability."
NFL teams interviewed Green extensively at the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Fla., and at the combine. While he went through running drills at the combine, he hopes to show his pass-catching skills at pro day. Cameron Higgins, a former Weber State and Saint Louis School quarterback, will throw passes at pro day.
"I've been working out a lot with Cameron," Salas said.
Salas, Green and Higgins have been training at Athletes' Performance, a program operated at the Home Depot Center complex.
"I'm ready," Salas said. "I can't wait to be running routes and catching balls at pro day."
Salas has drawn the most attention from NFL teams. According to scouts, Alabama's Julio Jones and Georgia's A.J. Green are considered to be the top draft prospects. After that, there are 15 receivers, in any order, who could be selected from the late first round to the fifth round.
"Greg falls into that category," agent Kenny Zuckerman said.
Because Salas and Green are considered to be "clean" players with no injuries and no character questions they probably will not be invited to any individual workouts before next month's draft. That leaves pro day, which will attract representatives from every NFL team, as their final pre-draft event.
Salas and Green have been roommates while training for the draft. After pro day, both will return to their family homes.
"I'll keep working out while waiting for the draft," Green said.