The Falcons activated Hawkins from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Hawkins will count against Atlanta's offseason roster again and is now eligible to join teammates at the early portion of camp. The rookie fourth-round pick could compete for depth snaps when practices ramp up mid-August.
The Falcons placed Hawkins (illness) on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.
Hawkins has been automatically placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to either a positive test or exposure to the virus. The rookie fourth-round pick is expected to add depth to Atlanta's safety corps and contribute on special teams when available.
The Falcons selected Hawkins in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 134th overall.
Hawkins initially joined California as four-star recruit at cornerback before transitioning to safety in 2016, and he wrapped up his collegiate career with a solid 56 total tackles, two sacks and three interceptions as a senior. Strong instincts and ball skills are Hawkins' strongest traits, but an immediate lack of anticipation and athleticism in coverage could lead to him immediately slotting in on special teams in Atlanta.