Scouting the WAC: Hawaii

The Rainbows program has taken a large leap upwards since June Jones took over. Likewise, the talent on the roster is finding its' way into the NFL Draft. The numbers won't be there in 2004 but the future for NFLers at Hawaii looks good.

Junior quarterback Timmy Chang is on the list for many awards this season and with good reason. A patient pocket passer, Chang runs Jones passing offense to near perfection. It would be very easy to say Chang is a product of the system but that would not be fair. Throwing the ball with terrific accuracy, Chang times the outs well and at the same time, leads receivers down the field with the long pass. He is smart, patient and does a solid job reading the defense, going through receiver progressions, then finding the open wide out. Chang has a decent arm but nothing spectacular and lacks pocket size for the next level. If a team drafts him they'd have to fashion an offense around his talents and make sure to cover up his weaknesses. Right now we'd say he's a good middle round pick for 2005. Receiver Jeremiah Cockeran showed a lot of speed and reliable hands during his first season at Hawaii and will be closely watched this year. Guard Shayne Kajioka displays solid skill and could catch on in camp next summer.

Defensively, several players could move up draft boards. Tackle Iaaah Sapoaga has terrific size, upfield power and the ability to dominate opponents. He's a run stuffer in the middle with limited pass rush skills but he takes up a lot of room. Travis LaBoy does not get much ink but is an explosive edge rusher that makes a lot of plays in the offensive backfield or catches the ball carrier pursuing from the backside. He has decent speed and size potential.

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