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For Estes to not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine had more than a few talent evaluators scratching their heads.
Called by some the best player to not attend that annual event, Estes' track record shows that he was more than worthy to be considered to participate in Indianapolis. The Warriors' center has started every game during his career, in fact, setting the NCAA all-time record with 54 consecutive starts. His impressive "iron man" streak is even more noticeable, as he has played every offensive snap during his four seasons at Hawaii.
One of just five Warriors to be named All-Western Athletic Conference three times in a career, he became just the 16th Hawaii player to compete in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game. Recognized by opposing coaches for his dominance in the trenches, he was one of six finalist for the Rimington Trophy during his senior year, an honor bestowed upon the best center in college football.
At St. Mary's High School, Estes was a two-year starter at center, earning Tri-City League Lineman of the Year honors. He added Sac-Joaquin All-Section, All-Northern California first-team and All-State third-team accolades as a senior, in addition to being selected Lineman of the Year by the Stockton Hall of Fame.
The two-time All-Area selection by the Stockton Record, he led the team to a 13-1 record in 2004. He also excelled in track, winning the San Joaquin Athletic Association and San Joaquin Sub Section discus championships as a junior, finishing sixth statewide.
Estes enrolled at Hawaii in 2005, competing on the scout team while red-shirting that season. With Samson Satele firmly entrenched at center, Estes forced his way into the starting lineup at right offensive guard in 2006, starting all 14 games. The Colt Brennan-led offense would lead the nation in passing (441.29 yards per game), scoring (46.86 points per game) and total offense (559.21 yards per game) during Estes' first season with the varsity.
With Satele having graduated, Estes shifted to center in 2007, earning the first of three-straight All-Western Athletic Conference honors. The Rimington Trophy candidate posted 80 knockdowns that season, as Hawaii placed third nationally in total offense (512.08 yards per game), finishing second in passing (439.46 yards per game) and led the major college ranks in scoring, averaging 43.38 points per game.
As a junior, Estes was one of the few bright spots for a struggling offense that failed to establish a running game to go with their steady passing attack. The Warriors finished last in the nation in sacks allowed (4.07 per game), but Estes allowed just three, as he posted a blocking consistency grade over 84 percent, along with 94 knockdowns to again garner All-WAC first-team recognition.
Estes' senior year was the first that Hawaii did not play in the post season. He again started every game and played every snap at center, as the Rimington Trophy finalist graded 86.38% for blocking consistency, the third-best mark among major college centers during the 2009 season. The Warriors finished third in the nation in passing (337.0 yards per game), but the ground game again proved to be their Achilles heel (109th nationally, with an average of 94.5 yards per game).
Pass blocking: Quick hands to make the traditional snap and attack the oncoming defender with good hand placement and pop. Good lateral agility and balance to mirror pass rushers. Flashes the ability to anchor and knows how to use leverage, proper hand placement and good balance. Lacks the bulk, strength and long arms to hold up consistently against a powerful bull rush.
Run blocking: Shows good use of hands and proper angles to block at the first level. Can pop the defender to turn and seal him off. Struggles with bigger, stronger defensive tackles.
Pulling/trapping: Rarely asked to pull in this offense. Good flexibility and the quickness for the down and cut block.
Initial Quickness: Good initial quickness to snap and make his initial move toward the defender in one motion.
Downfield: Good short-area quickness to get to the second level or outside for screens and block downfield. Can adjust to block moving targets, but his lack of upper-body strength and marginal flexibility results in his grabbing onto defenders.
Intangibles: Squatty, athletic pivot. Adept at shotgun snapping and keeps his head on a swivel, looking to help teammates. The NCAA record-holder with 54 consecutive starts. Experienced at center (41 starts) and right guard (13). Cerebral and makes the line calls. Looks smaller on film than his listed size and lacks the bulk to be effective in some NFL offenses. Rarely snaps the ball in the typical quarterback-center exchange and could struggle acclimating to a pro-style offense. Fighting history in some ways, as many offensive linemen produced by Hawaii's spread attack have failed to equal their collegiate success or justify high draft selections.
Estes established an NCAA record, starting 54 consecutive games...Played every offensive snap (3,618) during his career...Allowed just 8.5 quarterback sacks and six pressures on 2,337 pass plays...Just the fifth player in school history to earn first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors three consecutive seasons, joining Davone Bess (2005-07), Jason Elam (1989, '91-92), Al Noga (1985-87), and Gary Allen (1979-81)... Was part of an offense that set or tied 31 NCAA records and 58 school records during his career.
All-American third-team choice by The NFL Draft Report, earning fourth-team honors from Phil Steele...One of six finalists for the Rimington Award, as the country's top center... Named first-team All-Western Athletic Conference for the third-straight season, as he set the NCAA record for most consecutive games started (54)...graded 86.38 percent for blocking consistency, the third-best average of any center in the major college ranks...Recorded 97 knockdowns and thirteen touchdown-resulting blocks for a team that ranked third in the nation in passing (337.0 yards per game) and 14th in total offense (437.46 yards per game)...Also recorded a pair of solo tackles -- one each vs. Washington State and Utah State, in addition to recovering a fumble in the San Jose State clash...Graded 90 percent or better a league-best six times...Was charged with just three of the 36 quarterback sacks allowed by the Warriors, coming on 569 pass attempts.
Estes earned All-Western Athletic Conference first-team honors and was on the watch lists for the Rimington Trophy, Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award...A Warrior Club honoree, the center started every game and played in every offensive snap (902), allowing just three of the nation-high 57 quarterback sacks allowed by the Hawaii offensive line...Posted 94 knockdowns and graded 84.13% for blocking consistency, registering three contests with grades 90 percent or better...Helped the aerial attack rank 28th in the nation, as the Warriors averaged 251.29 yards per game passing.
Estes shifted to center, starting all 13 games, and earned the first of three-straight All-Western Athletic Conference honors...Allowed just 2.5 quarterback sacks on 663 pass plays, as he participated in all 942 offensive snaps...Recorded 80 knockdowns to go with ten touchdown-resulting blocks, as the Rimington Trophy candidate anchored an offensive line that helped the Warriors led the nation in scoring (43.38 points per game), rank second in passing (439.46 yards per game) and third in total offense (512.08 yards per game).
Started all 14 games at right offensive guard, delivering 67 knockdowns with eight touchdown-resulting blocks...Participated in all 913 offensive plays, as the Warriors led the nation in passing (441.29 yards per game), total offense (559.21 yards per game) and scoring (46.48 points per game).
Redshirted as a freshman.
No major injuries reported. He started all 54 games he played in and participated in every offensive snap (3,618) by the Warriors during his four-year career.
Campus: 5.22 in the 40-yard dash...1.81 10-yard dash...3.00 20-yard dash...4.62 20-yard shuttle...7.40 three-cone drill...26 1/2-inch vertical jump...8'7" broad jump...Bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times...30 1/4-inch arm length...9 1/2-inch hands.
Attended St. Mary's (Stockton, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Tony Franks...Two-year starter at center, earning Tri-City League Lineman of the Year honors, as he added Sac-Joaquin All-Section, All-Northern California first-team and All-State third-team accolades as a senior...Also selected Lineman of the Year by the Stockton Hall of Fame...The two-time All-Area selection by the Stockton Record, he led the team to a 13-1 record in 2004...Excelled in track, winning the San Joaquin Athletic Association and San Joaquin Sub Section discus championships as a junior, finishing sixth statewide.
Communications major...Cousin is former Hawaii Warrior, Kahai LaCount, and is also related to former UH associate athletics director and former Detroit Lion offensive line-man, Rockne Freitas...Son of Corleen and Ronald Estes...Resides in Stockton, California.
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