Cole McDonald throw vs Air Force

Cole McDonald winds up for a throw against Air Force at Aloha Stadium on Oct. 19.

If you were looking for the University of Hawaii gunslinger Cole McDonald at the NFL combine, you might have been surprised by his new look.

However, the dread-less quarterback’s performance topped many of the combine’s events on Thursday evening.

Cole McDonald ran a 4.58 second 40-yard dash and a 36-inch vertical, both the top of the top-heavy quarterback class this year. McDonald also tied for second for both the three-cone drill (7.13 seconds) and broad jump (121 inches). 

But why did he cut his dreads off?

McDonald grew his dreads over the last couple of years and was even given the title of best hair in college football. He drew inspiration from another Hawai'i quarterback, Bryant Moniz, when growing out his hair.

When asked at the combine why he went through with the decision, McDonald said he wanted to look more professional and didn’t want to be knocked for being a white guy with dreads.

“Hair grows back; opportunity doesn’t,” he said.

Maybe cutting the dreads gave McDonald some extra juju in the combine, and hopefully his draft stack will rise along with his performance.