List of Hawaii Warriors in the NFL Draft

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Jason Elam was drafted 70th overall by the Denver Broncos in the 1993 NFL Draft.

The Hawaii Warriors football team, representing the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, has had 69 American football players drafted into the National Football League (NFL) since the first draft in 1936.[A 1] The highest that a Warrior has ever been drafted is 19th overall, which occurred when Ashley Lelie was drafted in 2002.[3] The St. Louis Rams have drafted the most Warriors with six.[3]

Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL Draft. The draft rules were last updated in 2009. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record, with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl).[4]

Before the merger agreement in 1966, the American Football League (AFL) operated in direct competition with the NFL and held a separate draft. This led to a massive bidding war over top prospects between the two leagues, along with the subsequent drafting of the same player in each draft. As part of the merger agreement on June 8, 1966, the two leagues held a multiple round "Common Draft". Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the "Common Draft" simply became the NFL Draft.[1][2][5]

The most Warriors selected in a single NFL Draft is five, in 2007.[6] Of the Warriors selected in the NFL Draft, two have been selected to a Pro Bowl: Jason Elam and Jesse Sapolu. Nine have been a member of a Super Bowl winning team, including Sapolu and Elam. One Warrior, Jim Mills, is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.[7]

Key[edit]

C Center LB Linebacker FB Fullback
DB Defensive back K Kicker HB Halfback
DE Defensive end QB Quarterback WR Wide receiver
DT Defensive tackle RB Running back G Guard
E End T Offensive tackle TE Tight end
* Selected to a Pro Bowl
Won a Super Bowl championship
Selected to a Pro Bowl and won a Super Bowl

Players selected[edit]

Jesse Sapolu was drafted 289th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1983 NFL Draft.
Jeff Ulbrich was drafted 86th overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2000 NFL Draft.
Alex Green was drafted 96th overall by the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Hawaii Warriors selected in the NFL/AFL Drafts
Year Round Pick Overall Name Position Team Notes
1968 16 20 428 Cole, LarryLarry Cole DE Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion (VI, XII)[8][9]
1969 8 5 186 Buchanan, TimTim Buchanan LB Cincinnati Bengals
10 7 241 Reynolds, McKinleyMcKinley Reynolds RB New Orleans Saints
1970 12 22 308 Arnold, LarryLarry Arnold QB Los Angeles Rams
1971 10 5 239 Pamplin, RockyRocky Pamplin RB New Orleans Saints
16 13 403 Foote, EdEd Foote C San Diego Chargers
1972 10 23 257 Ruppert, RichRich Ruppert T Kansas City Chiefs
13 15 327 Sovio, HenryHenry Sovio TE Atlanta Falcons
1973 2 20 46 Richards, GoldenGolden Richards[A 2] WR Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion (XII)[9]
16 20 410 Conley, JohnJohn Conley TE Dallas Cowboys
1974 2 26 52 White, JerisJeris White DB Miami Dolphins Super Bowl champion (XVII)[10]
17 9 425 Stanley, LeviLevi Stanley G San Francisco 49ers
1976 3 16 76 Woodcock, JohnJohn Woodcock DT Detroit Lions
9 17 254 Akins, CurtisCurtis Akins G Washington Redskins
1977 4 22 106 Audick, DanDan Audick T Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl champion (XVI)[11]
1979 8 18 210 Haslip, WilbertWilbert Haslip RB San Diego Chargers
1980 9 1 222 Jett, DeWayneDeWayne Jett WR Detroit Lions
9 2 223 Tuinei, TomTom Tuinei DT Detroit Lions
1982 6 9 148 Allen, GaryGary Allen TE Houston Oilers
7 9 176 Toloumu, DavidDavid Toloumu RB Atlanta Falcons
8 4 199 Kafentzis, MarkMark Kafentzis DB Cleveland Browns
10 18 269 McLemore, DanaDana McLemore DB San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl champion (XIX)[12]
1983 7 6 174 Edgar, AnthonyAnthony Edgar RB Philadelphia Eagles
9 1 225 Mills, JimJim Mills T Baltimore Colts
11 10 289 Sapolu, JesseJesse Sapolu C San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl (1993, 1994)[13]
Super Bowl champion (XIX, XXIII, XXIV, XXIX)[12][14][15][16]
1984 7 26 194 Carvalho, BernardBernard Carvalho G Miami Dolphins
8 5 201 Noga, NikoNiko Noga LB St. Louis Cardinals
1985 5 10 122 Cherry, RaphelRaphel Cherry DB Washington Redskins
6 26 166 Miano, RichRich Miano DB New York Jets
7 2 170 Akiu, MikeMike Akiu WR Houston Oilers
1986 2 18 45 Murray, WalterWalter Murray WR Washington Redskins
9 6 227 Kafentzis, KentKent Kafentzis DB St. Louis Cardinals
9 24 245 Faaola, NuuNuu Faaola RB New York Jets
1987 3 14 70 Scotts, ColinColin Scotts DT St. Louis Cardinals
4 3 87 Hall, RonRon Hall TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6 11 151 Onosai, JoeJoe Onosai G Dallas Cowboys
9 20 243 Johnson, M. L.M. L. Johnson LB Seattle Seahawks
1988 3 16 71 Noga, AlAl Noga DE Minnesota Vikings
10 22 271 Johnson, MarcoMarco Johnson WR Houston Oilers
1990 3 7 60 Goeas, LeoLeo Goeas G San Diego Chargers
1992 6 20 160 Sydner, JeffJeff Sydner WR Philadelphia Eagles
1993 3 14 70 Elam, JasonJason Elam K Denver Broncos Pro Bowl (1995, 1998, 2002)[17]
Super Bowl champion (XXXII, XXXIII)[18][19]
8 13 209 Tanuvasa, MaaMaa Tanuvasa DT Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl champion (XXXII, XXXIII)[18][19]
8 24 220 Branch, DarrickDarrick Branch WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1994 4 19 122 Faumui, Ta'aseTa'ase Faumui DE Pittsburgh Steelers
2000 2 15 46 Klemm, AdrianAdrian Klemm T New England Patriots Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX)[20][21][22]
3 24 86 Ulbrich, JeffJeff Ulbrich LB San Francisco 49ers
4 10 104 Noa, KaulanaKaulana Noa G St. Louis Rams
2001 7 19 219 Forney, KynanKynan Forney G Atlanta Falcons
2002 1 19 19 Lelie, AshleyAshley Lelie WR Denver Broncos
2003 2 11 43 Tinoisamoa, PisaPisa Tinoisamoa LB St. Louis Rams
3 8 72 Manuwai, VinceVince Manuwai G Jacksonville Jaguars
3 9 73 Hunter, WayneWayne Hunter T Seattle Seahawks
2004 2 10 42 LaBoy, TravisTravis LaBoy DE Tennessee Titans
4 8 104 Sopoaga, IsaacIsaac Sopoaga DT San Francisco 49ers
2005 6 11 185 Owens, ChadChad Owens WR Jacksonville Jaguars
2007 2 26 58 Alama-Francis, IkaikaIkaika Alama-Francis DE Detroit Lions
2 28 60 Satele, SamsonSamson Satele C Miami Dolphins
6 7 181 Maui'a, ReaganReagan Maui'a FB Miami Dolphins
6 26 200 Purcell, MelilaMelila Purcell DE Cleveland Browns
7 26 236 Ilaoa, NateNate Ilaoa RB Philadelphia Eagles
2008 6 20 186 Brennan, ColtColt Brennan QB Washington Redskins
2009 2 20 52 Veikune, DavidDavid Veikune DE Cleveland Browns
3 30 94 Mouton, RyanRyan Mouton DB Tennessee Titans
6 25 198 Ingram, JakeJake Ingram LS New England Patriots
2011 3 32 96 Green, AlexAlex Green RB Green Bay Packers
4 15 112 Salas, GregGreg Salas WR St. Louis Rams
5 1 132 Pilares, KealohaKealoha Pilares WR Carolina Panthers
2012 7 2 209 Brown, AaronAaron Brown LB St. Louis Rams

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Because of the NFL–AFL merger agreement, the history of the AFL is officially recognized by the NFL and therefore this list includes the AFL Draft (1960–1966) and the Common Draft (1967–1969).[1][2]
  2. ^ Golden Richards is listed in sources as being from BYU when drafted, but transferred to Hawaii his senior year of college.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "NFL History by Decade: 1961–1970". NFL.com. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Draft History by School–Hawaii". NFL.com. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Clayton, John (March 26, 2009). "Draft order to change for playoff teams". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on January 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Time Changes for 2008 NFL Draft". NFL.com. April 22, 2008. Retrieved June 9, 2010. 
  6. ^ Tsai, Stephen (April 30, 2007). "Unlikely source for NFL draft picks: Hawaii". USA Today. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jim Mills". Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "1971 Dallas Cowboys Starters, Roster & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
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  14. ^ "1988 San Francisco 49ers Starters, Roster & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
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  21. ^ "2003 New England Patriots Starters, Roster & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  22. ^ "2004 New England Patriots Starters, Roster & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved February 10, 2013.