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Tanner Hawkinson, OT

School: Kansas  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: McPherson, KS
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 298 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
336267-FA

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.062.861.72- 28 1/29'4"4.517.52
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Former tight end who has maintained his quickness despite adding nearly 70 pounds over his collegiate career. Good patience as a pass blocker. Eases off the snap and waits for the defensive end to come to him, showing his understanding of the arc and blocking angles.

Good arm length and at least adequate upper body strength to go along with good hand placement to lock onto defenders. Surprising lateral agility to remain square. Flashes a pop as a run blocker and shows some savvy in turning his opponent to seal him from the action. Voted team captain in 2012.

WEAKNESSES: A better football player than athlete, at this time, and therefore may be viewed as lacking upside. Doesn't possess ideal flexibility to adjust to moving targets when run-blocking at the second level. A bit of a technician who struggles a bit with power, especially when he tires and allows his pad level to rise.

Compares to: Oniel Cousins, OT, Cleveland Browns

Player Overview

Since 2009 Kansas has had three head coaches and several quarterbacks under center, but one constant has been at the tackle position where Hawkinson has started since his redshirt freshman season.

Hawkinson originally signed with Kansas as a highly touted tight end. After initially being moved to defensive end during his redshirt season in 2008, he was moved back to the "skilled" side of the line of scrimmage and earned Freshman All-American honors by a number of media outlets by starting all 12 games at left tackle.

He'd start every game the rest of his career at tackle; operating on the blindside for 35 of them but spending his junior season at right tackle. He leaves Kansas with a school record 48 career starts.

While perhaps lacking the power scouts would prefer, Hawkinson has length, underrated athleticism, technique and, of course, durability. It's a combination that could earn him a Day Three selection and help him join relatively recent former Jayhawks Anthony Collins (fourth round, 2008), Adrian Jones (4th, 2004) and Justin Hartwig (6th, 2002) as later round picks who've out-played their draft selections to emerge as NFL starters.

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LATEST NEWS
04/08/2013 - 2013 Kansas Pro Day: Representatives from 17 NFL teams gathered at Kansas' pro day on March 15, where 15 players worked out outdoors on FieldTurf. Tanner Hawkinson, OT (6-foot-5 3/8, 298 pounds) - Hawkinson kept his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine, with the exception of the bench press. He did 13 lifts of 225 pounds at Kansas' pro day. He also did position drills. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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