Ursua drafted by Seahawks in seventh round

The Maui News

University of Hawaii slotback John Ursua was selected in the seventh round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, going 236th overall to the Seattle Seahawks.

Ursua, a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award and finalist for Polynesian Player of the Year in 2018, was the nation’s leader in receiving touchdowns with 16. He was fifth in receiving yards at 1,343. He went over 100 yards in seven of 13 games played for the 8-5 Rainbow Warriors.

Ursua joined UH teammate Jahlani Tavai among the draft selections. Tavai was selected in the second round by the Detroit Lions on Friday.

UH had two players selected in the same draft after going the past seven years with only two draft picks total. Ursua is the 12th Hawaii wide receiver ever picked in the draft and just the fifth since 1993.

Ursua is the 72nd player in UH history to be selected in the NFL Draft. He is the third Rainbow Warrior taken by the Seahawks, joining Wayne Hunter (2003 third round) and M.L. Johnson (1987 ninth round).

In his three-year career with the Rainbow Warriors, Ursua had 189 career catches and 24 receiving touchdowns while helping to lead UH to a pair of bowl appearances.