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2015 NFL DRAFT
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Chris Hawkins

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 183 | College: Marshall
 
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Overview

Hawkins redeemed himself during his senior year at Marshall after leaving the North Carolina program after 2004 spring drills. A fight with one of his teammates at UNC led to his transfer and he could not play in 2004 under NCAA rules. He made up for lost time as a senior, allowing only 22 receptions and two touchdowns in eleven contests.

Hawkins was a three-year starter at defensive back and wide receiver at Kinston High School. He earned All-Conference honors twice at defensive back and was named to the Kinston Free Press All-Area team as a junior and senior. He also garnered All-State accolades as a senior.

Hawkins recorded 27 tackles and 10 interceptions, adding 38 receptions for 670 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. He led the team to an 8-5 record as it advanced to the second round of the state playoffs, with Hawkins returning a punt 95 yards for a touchdown. He also started three years at guard on the basketball team.

Hawkins enrolled at the University of North Carolina, recording one assisted tackle in limited action while appearing in five games in 2001. He remained a reserve in 2002, posting 15 tackles (11 solos) with a pair of pass deflections in eleven contests. He started five of 12 games at right cornerback for the Tar Heels in 2004, posting 30 tackles (23 solos) with two stops for losses, a fumble recovery and eight pass breakups.

He transferred from UNC to Marshall in 2004, sitting out the season. Hawkins then took over left cornerback duties, registering 28 tackles (19 solos) with a forced fumble, seven pass deflections and 14 kickoff returns for 276 yards (19.7 avg).

During his entire collegiate career, Hawkins started 15 of 39 games. He recorded 74 tackles (53 solos) with 3.5 stops for losses of 9 yards. He caused and recovered a fumble and also deflected seventeen passes. He also gained 276 yards on fourteen kickoff returns (19.7 avg).

Analysis

Positives: Has very good straight-line speed, showing good quickness and adequate knee bend coming out of his backpedal … Shows awareness playing in the zone and the ability to handle the receiver switch-off and react to his new assignment … Has the leaping ability to compete for jump balls and deflect the pass … Gets into the flats quickly on the screens, and thanks to his former experience at wide receiver he gets his head turned around to track the deep balls in flight … Gets a sharp break on the ball to close on plays in front of him … Has shown improvement using his hands to disrupt the receivers in their routes … Wrap-up and drag-down tackler who shows active hands in attempts to strip the ball from his opponent.

Negatives: Strictly a straight-line charger, lacking the loose hips to turn cleanly out of his pedal … Takes too many false steps in transition and struggles to change direction … Has the hand strength to press the receiver, but gets a little reckless with his arms and the receiver is able to slip off his hits … Lacks the bulk to be effective playing in the box in run support … Fails to generate explosion out of his cuts and is better served playing the ball in the zone than having to mirror his assignment in man coverage … Gets fooled too often on misdirection and play-action and gets caught out of position when spending too much time eyeing the quarterback's pump action … Takes a side at times as a tackler and will duck his head before making the hit.

Hawkins is blessed with great speed, but does not have the hip snap to break cleanly on routes and trail the receiver when the opponent eats up his cushion. He is much more effective playing the zone, where he looks more comfortable keeping plays in front of him. He is often beaten by the double move and while he has strong hands, he does not use them effectively to jam his man.

Hawkins will get into the flats quickly on screens and flashes the leaping skills to break up the pass at its high point. However, he does not have the natural hands you look for in a pass thief and while he handled kickoff return duties in 2005, he failed to excite despite his timed speed.

In run support, he takes good angles to close and can be a decent wrap-up tackler, but he gets a little reckless in his approach, attacking the ball in attempts to cause the fumble rather than combating his man for the ball. He takes too many wasted steps in his backpedal and appears stiff in his hips, causing him to struggle when trying to make clean breaks.

Overall, Hawkins might bring some value in the sub package because of his quickness, but there are a lot of holes in his game and his production has been less than spectacular (74 tackles in 39 games). He is a confident player who does march to his own agenda at times, but there were two off-field incidents that might need further review, especially since one led to him leaving North Carolina in 2004. At the tail end of the draft, he is worth a seventh-round pick, but outside of his straight-line speed there is nothing to write home about here.

Career Notes

Made 74 tackles during his career, including 46 hits (34 solos) with 10 pass deflections and a fumble recovery in 28 games at North Carolina.

2005 Season

All-Conference USA second-team selection at Marshall … Took over right cornerback duties, starting ten games … Recorded 28 tackles (19 solos) with 1.5 stops for losses of 5 yards … Caused one fumble and deflected seven passes … Gained 276 yards on 14 kickoff returns (19.7 avg).

2005 Game Analysis

William & Mary … Assisted in stopping tailback Elijah Brooks for a 2-yard loss, deflected a pass and made five assisted while returning three kickoffs for 59 yards … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Joe Marianacci-Two catches for 27 yards.

Kansas State … Had four tackles (3 solos) with 96 yards on four kickoff returns … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Jermaine Moreira-Four catches for 41 yards.

Central Florida … Only had one tackle and was beaten for a 5-yard touchdown by Brandon Marshall on a first quarter pass from QB Steven Moffett … Returned three kickoffs for 36 yards … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Brandon Marshall-Three catches for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Southern Methodist … Deflected two passes and gained 23 yards on two kickoff returns … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Devin Lowery-No catches.

Virginia Tech … Added three hits (2 solos) … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Eddie Royal-Three catches for 34 yards.

Alabama-Birmingham … Had a pair of pass break-ups and three tackles while returning a kickoff 31 yards … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Reggie Lindsey-Two catches for 39 yards.

Texas-El Paso … Posted three hits (2 solos), but saw receiver Johnny Higgins snatch a 29-yard touchdown pass thrown by QB Jordan Palmer in the second quarter … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Johnny Higgins-Two catches for 34 yards and a touchdown.

Tulane … Held to one solo tackle … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Bubba Terranova-Two catches for 36 yards.

Southern Mississippi … Caused a fumble, deflected a pass, registered three assisted tackles and had a 21-yard kickoff return … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Hawkins Johnson-Two catches for 45 yards.

East Carolina … Credited with four tackles (2 solos) and a pass deflection … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Bobby Good-One catch for 7 yards.

Memphis … Closed out his career with a solo tackle that stopped receiver Antonio McCoy for a 3-yard loss on a reception … Main Pass Coverage Assignment -- WR Antonio McCoy-One catch for a 3-yard loss.

2004 Season

Redshirted at Marshall … Did not play under NCAA transfer rules.

2003 Season

Played in twelve games at North Carolina, starting at right cornerback (wore jersey #6) vs. Florida State, East Carolina, Arizona State, Clemson and Maryland … Finished with 30 tackles (23 solos) and two stops for losses of 4 yards … Recovered a fumble and deflected eight passes.

2003 Game Analysis

Florida State … Opened the season with three solo tackles and a pass break-up.

Arizona State … Tackled QB Andrew Walter for a 2-yard loss on an option, deflected a pass and made four tackles (2 solos).

Clemson … Had a pair of pass deflections.

Georgia Tech … Totaled five solo tackles, including one that stopped QB Reggie Ball for a 2-yard loss on an option.

2002 Season

Appeared in eleven games, playing behind Michael Waddell at right cornerback … Made 15 tackles (11 solos) and two pass deflections … Had a season-high five tackles vs. Georgia Tech … Deflected a pass in each of the Clemson and Texas games.

2001 Season

A dislocated right middle finger in fall camp limited Hawkins to five games at North Carolina … Recorded an assisted tackle.

Injury Report

1996: Fractured his left thumb as a freshman in high school.

2000: Suffered a dislocated right middle finger in August camp that limited him to five games.

2002: Suffered a broken right thumb in April camp.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.45 in the 40-yard dash … 355-pound bench press … 435-pound squat … 242-pound power clean … 35.5-inch vertical jump … 9'9" broad jump … 4.10 20-yard shuttle … 6.78 three-cone drill … Right-handed … 12/33 Wonderlic score.

Agility Tests

Combine: 4.55 in the 40-yard dash … 2.62 20-yard dash … 1.55 10-yard dash … 37-inch vertical jump … 9'8" broad jump … 4.18 20-yard shuttle … 30 -inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands.

Off-Field Issues

2001: Was involved in a fight in which Hawkins claimed that four men attacked a girl and himself after leaving a party. The girl pressed charges and the matter was settled out of court.

2004: Was involved in a fight with one of his teammates over a girl during the spring and was dismissed from the team after the fight at North Carolina.

High School

Attended Kinston (N.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Jeff Price … Three-year starter at defensive back and wide receiver … Earned All-Conference honors twice at defensive back and was named to the Kinston Free Press All-Area team as a junior and senior … Also garnered All-State accolades as a senior … Recorded 27 tackles and 10 interceptions, adding 38 receptions for 670 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior … Led the team to an 8-5 record as it advanced to the second round of the state playoffs, with Hawkins returning a punt 95 yards for a touchdown … Also started three years at guard on the basketball team.

Personal

Communications major … Nicknamed "Hawk" … Born 8/14/82 … Resides in Kinston, North Carolina.

 
 

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