Former Hawai'i quarterback Cole McDonald was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the seventh round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. After the draft, former Rainbow Warriors Rojesterman Farris II and JoJo Ward signed free agent deals as well.
The Hawai'i quarterback becomes the seventh quarterback taken overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.
McDonald started for the Rainbow Warriors in the last two seasons, leading the ‘Bows to two bowl games and an emphatic 38-34 game winner against BYU in last season’s Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24.
He finished top five in nearly a dozen different passing categories for the University of Hawai'i and joined Timmy Chang and Colt Brennan as the only three quarterbacks with two or more seasons with more than 3,000 passing yards.
McDonald finished his UH career with 8,032 passing yards, 70 touchdowns with a 61% completion rate.
Nationally, McDonald may be better known for his dreads that he grew in tribute to UH quarterback and his mentor, Bryant Moniz. But before the NFL Combine, he cut them to have a more professional look and gave him a boost in the combine.
McDonald will be joining a Titan squad who finished their Cinderella story in the conference championship against the Super Bowl winning Kansas City Chiefs. The Titans finished last season with a 9-7 record and second in the AFC South.
Although their record may not look it, the Titans are looking to become a true powerhouse in the AFC led by Heisman Trophy winning running back Derrick Henry.
McDonald joins the quarterback mix with Ryan Tannehill and Logan Woodside.
Farris II reportedly received a multi-year offer from the Atlanta Falcons just after the NFL Draft concluded.
Farris was one of the pillars of the Rainbow Warrior defense in his five years in the islands, amassing three interceptions and about 130 tackles.
One member of the Warrior’s electric receiving core got a call as well.
Ward agreed to sign with the Arizona Cardinals after the draft as well. The JUCO pass catcher amassed 1,999 yards and 20 touchdowns alongside receivers like Cedric Byrd and John Ursua.