Also Considering: Minnesota, California, Kansas State, Kentucky, Tulsa
Hawkins is a really good overall prospect with a nice blend of quickness and sneaky speed. He is a lean player with solid height and the weight room will do wonders for his development. He is a quick, savvy player as a route-runner. Shows very good get off and gets downfield and on the toes of defenders in a hurry. Is smooth, fluid and all of his movement skills lend to him developing into a very good route-runner at the next level. He already shows a lot of promise in this area because he gets to top speed rapidly, does not gear down going into or out of the break and does a very nice job of attacking defender alignment, eating cushion and separating out of the break with very good burst. Works to come back to the quarterback and catches the ball with quick hands. Extends away from his frame and plucks on the move with ease. Shows he can get up field immediately after the catch without wasting any time. Shows some shake and bake when in the open field and is capable of making people miss and acquiring yards after the catch on a consistent basis. As mentioned, it can be tough to gauge Hawkins’ deep-field speed because he looks to be very competitive in this area and has shown a penchant for getting behind defensive backs that do not respect his combination of speed and know-how as a route-runner. He isn’t a burner, but certainly capable. Perhaps what is most impressive about Hawkins is his ability to adjust to poorly-thrown balls downfield. Does an excellent job tracking the ball, shows terrific sideline awareness and very good concentration when in traffic. Is a tough player that is not afraid to work the middle of the field and attacks the football when it is thrown his way. Hawkins will have to continue to get stronger to become more of a factor when pressed or in jump-ball situations. Overall, he is a good prospect with upside to become an excellent one in time. There is a lot to work with here.