Let’s make it a great year.
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Earning invitations to the NFL Scouting Combine is a big deal for Greg Salas, Alex Green and Kealoha Pilares. The NFL is about “measurables” — speed and strength numbers; Wonderlic scores — and Indianapolis is where those are gathered on a so-called even playing field. John Estes, who was not invited to the combine, probably was hindered last year because some draft analysts had circulated an inaccurate arm-reach figure — key for an offensive lineman — despite his NFL-prototype measurements taken at the East-West Shrine Game and UH Pro Day. Estes, who should have been drafted, is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
While UH’s Pro Day can boost a prospect’s stock, a drawback is that it is usually is held in early April, only a few weeks before the NFL draft. Many of the “measurables” already are in the books, and it takes knockout numbers to move the needle. Also, a pro day usually draws about 50 evaluators (or at least one from every NFL team), the combine draws 50 people from every NFL team.
Still, many NFL teams — most notably the Oakland Raiders — look to pro-day workouts for under-the-radar players to fill out mini-camp rosters. Last year, Aaron Kia and Ray Hisatake parlayed pro-day workouts into free-agent offers. Former UH running back James Fenderson, who was once a walk-on living in his car, ended up making the New Orleans Saints’ roster. Those stories should provide motivation to players who are deserving of next-level opportunities, such as Rodney Bradley, Adrian Thomas, Lametrius Davis, Mana Silva and Jeramy Bryant.
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The Satele family welcomed the new year in New York. Brashton Satele is a member of the New York Jets’ practice squad: