Pasadena native Darnay Holmes, a cornerback from UCLA who skipped his senior to enter the NFL draft, watched it payoff Saturday after being selected in the fourth round (110th overall) by the New York Giants.
The only other local player drafted was Cole McDonald, who starred at Sonora High School and the University of Hawaii.
The Tennessee Titans selected McDonald in the seventh round (224th overall).
McDonald wasn’t a huge recruit out of high school, but he’s 6-3 and 215 pounds and his stock grew after throwing for 4,135 yards this past season.
“I’m excited right now,” McDonald told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “I’m super excited. I’m at home with a bunch of family and friends. It was pretty awesome. It was surreal to see my name up there (on the draft telecast).”
While Holmes was drafted, a childhood friend of his from Pasadena, Myles Bryant, who went to Loyola High and the University of Washington, was signed as an undrafted free agent following the draft by the New England Patriots and will get a chance to impress legendary coach Bill Belichick.
Bryant, a defensive pack, is only 5’9 and 184 pounds, but he had a great career with the Huskies.
University of Colorado wide receiver Tony Brown, who starred at La Mirada High School, was signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns.
The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder was the Buffaloes’ leading receiver last season.
Another local player hoping to sign as undrafted free agents is USC’s defensive end Christian Rector, who went to Loyola High School and grew up in South Pasadena.
Bishop Amat standouts Kai Higgins and Brandon Arcanado are also hoping to get signed.
Higgins, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive end, had a solid career at Purdue. Arconado, a wide receiver who went on to Washington State, might be the longest shot locally, but he is a workhorse who might catch the eye of someone.