Kealoha Pilares is the third Hawaii taken in the 2011 NFL Draft. Pilaries converted from running back to wide receiver and in Hawaii receiving fashion he had a nice career for the Warriors. He had 88 receptions for over 1,300 yards. He is small for a wide receiver at 5-feet-11-inches but his speed is where he shines on the field.
Here is some analysis from NFL.com:
Pilares is thickly built and strong. Possesses quick feet and reaches top speed almost instantly. Runs precise routes and has a knack for getting open on underneath routes. Elusive in the open field after the catch and can run over defensive backs. Tough kid that is fearless going across the middle.
Short receiver with limited speed that is not a vertical threat. Struggles at times to maintain momentum in transition on double moves. Has a small catching radius and does not always secure the ball after the catch. Converted running back that is still learning the nuances of the position. Needs to overcome a torn PCL suffered in December.
The Panthers need to find a replacement since Steve Smith is on the downside of his career, and while Pilares may not be a number one wide receiver in his NFL career, but with his size he could be a good slot receiver in his NFL career.
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