CARSON, Calif. >> Former University of Hawaii receiver Kealoha Pilares finally got his chance to display his talent before NFL personnel at today’s UH pro day at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Pilares, who attended the NFL Combine in Indianapolis in February but couldn’t participate in certain drills because of a knee injury he suffered in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, recorded impressive marks before about 50 NFL personnel who attended the event.
Pilares was among 17 former Hawaii players participating in the pro day, an audition in which players are tested for speed, strength, agility and other drills in front of NFL scouts in hopes of enhancing their pro status before April’s NFL draft.
The Damien alum had 40-yard dash times of 4.45 and 4.37 and a vertical jump of about 40 inches. The running times were recorded by hand-held stopwatches. After the 40, the NFL scouts gathered to come to a consensus of a time. They listed Pilares’ time at 4.42, which would rank him among the fastest receivers in the draft. At the NFL Combine, the fastest time for a receiver was 4.37 with the fourth-fastest at 4.43. The top receivers in the draft, A.J. Green of Georgia ran 4.50 and Julio Jones of Alabama ran 4.39.
At the Combine, Pilares only took part in the bench press. He was credited with 19 reps of 225 pounds, which ranked him sixth among all receivers invited.
Former UH receiver Greg Salas and running back Alex Green also attended today’s UH pro day. However, they were scheduled to participate only in position drills after deciding to keep their performances at the combine. Salas ran 4.55 in the 40 and vertical jumped 37 inches while Green ran 4.46 and mped 36 at the NFL Combine.
Other players had standout performances. Ex-UH safety Mana Silva, who led the Warriors in interceptions last season, recorded what was initially announced as a UH pro day record of 42 inches in the vertical jump, breaking a record of 41 1/2 set by Kenny Patton in 2007.
However, after the NFL personnel met, it was decided that Silva did not cleanly hit the a marker, and was credited with a 40-inch jump.
Offensive lineman Laupepa Letuli bench pressed 225 pounds 42 times. However, he was credited with only 35 lifts because he failed to lock his arms on a number of the lifts.
Schools have been holding pro days since early March, with teams such as Auburn and Alabama having already completed theirs. USC held its pro day yesterday.