Chris Hawkins (S, USC) – 49

Hawkins is a good college football player in the Pac 12.  He has considerable versatility as a DB, having started at CB, SS and FS at Southern California.  He is instinctive, possesses good recognition and, against athletically limited offenses, he looks like a good prospect.  When, however, he is up against more talented players, the flaws in his game shine through with uncomfortably lustrous brightness.  He has marginal size at best (5-11, 188) for an NFL safety; he is not big or physical enough to play in the box and, as a free safety, I have concerns about his athleticism; he takes a lot of shallow angles towards the ball and lacks the speed or agility to compensate when those angles are flawed – see the 2016 Alabama game (Q2, 7:55) as an example.  His tackling is also very erratic.  He can be effective in small spaces but, in the open field, he tends to try to make arm tackles that are only sporadically effective.  I also struggle to see how he would match up against big, physical TEs in the NFL.  In short, although Hawkins should, justifiably, be highly thought of by Trojans fans, I don’t really see him as a bona fide NFL prospect at this point and I don’t have a draftable grade on him, going into the 2017 season.

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