Updated at 1:08 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2007
8 UH players will attend NFL minicamps starting Friday
Advertiser StaffMost of the 10 University of Hawai'i football players drafted or signed as free agents by NFL teams will be attending minicamps this week.
Those attending their teams respective camps starting Friday will be Ikaika Alama-Francis (Detroit), Samson Satele (Miami), Tala Esera (Miami), Reagan Mauia (Miami), Kenny Patton (Oakland), Melila Purcell (Cleveland), Dane Uperesa (Cincinnati) and Lawrence Wilson (Baltimore).
Nate Ilaoa (Philadelphia) and Leonard Peters (New York Jets) will report May 12-14.
Five UH players were drafted in the April 28-29 NFL draft.
Alama-Francis, a defensive end, was the first UH player selected when he was picked by Lions in the second round, the 58th player selected overall.
Satele, a center, was chosen two picks later by the Dolphins, the 60th player overall.
Purcell, a defensive end, and Mauia, a fullback, were selected in the sixth round. Ilaoa was picked in the seventh round.
The other five were free-agent signees.
Here are the dates for NFL minicamp:
2007 NFL MINICAMP SCHEDULE
(All camps include rookies and veterans unless otherwise noted)
ARIZONA May 12-14
ATLANTA May 11-13; 6/21 (voluntary minicamp)
BALTIMORE May 4-5 (rookies); June 5-7
BUFFALO May 12-14 (rookies); June 11-13
CAROLINA May 4-6
CHICAGO May 4-6 (rookies); May 18-20
CINCINNATI May 4-6 (rookies); June 1-3
CLEVELAND May 4-6 (rookies); June 12-14
DALLAS May 12-14
DENVER July 9-11
DETROIT May 4-6 (rookies); May 17-19
GREEN BAY May 4-6 (rookies); May 18-20
HOUSTON June 11-13
INDIANAPOLIS May 4-6 (rookies); May 18-20
JACKSONVILLE May 12-14
KANSAS CITY May 12-14 (rookies); June 1-3
MIAMI May 4-6; June 8-10 (voluntary minicamp)
MINNESOTA May 4-6 (rookies); June 1-3
NEW ENGLAND May 12-14 (rookies); June 5-7
NEW ORLEANS May 12-14 (rookies); June 1-3
NEW YORK GIANTS May 12-14 (rookies); June 13-15
NEW YORK JETS May 12-14 (rookies); June 14-16
OAKLAND May 4-6; June 11-13 (voluntary minicamp)
PHILADELPHIA May 12-14
PITTSBURGH May 11-13
ST. LOUIS May 12-14 (rookies); June 12-14
SAN DIEGO May 4-6; June 8-10 (voluntary minicamp)
SAN FRANCISCO May 4-6
SEATTLE May 4-6
TAMPA BAY May 4-6 (rookies); June 19-21
TENNESSEE May 4-5 (rookies)
WASHINGTON May 4-6 (rookies); June 15-17