Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo before the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft: Bengals Take Tanner Hawkinson from Kansas in 5th Round


 

 

With the 156th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals drafted  offensive guard Tanner Hawkinson from Kansas. Hawkinson started 48 consecutive games for the Jayhawks over four seasons at guard and both tackle spots. His biggest weakness and reason for being a late rounder can be attributed to his lack of strength. He did just 13 lifts of 225 pounds at Kansas’ pro day.

 

NFL.com Breakdown

STRENGTHS

Frame has filled out during his career, should continue to do so early in his NFL career. Still possesses foot quickness to lead off-tackle runs, be effective on zone blocks, and reach/negate second-level targets. Lateral movement in pass protection is adequate to cut off the corner, has the length to push rushers around the pocket. Picks up twists adeptly. Quick getting down on back-side cut blocks.

WEAKNESSES

Lacks adequete strength. Can be bullied into the quarterback by powerful linemen and lacks the upper body to hold off defenders once they get the advantage inside. Stops his feet in pass pro at times, causing him to bend at the waist. Also overextends when attacking linebackers off the snap and quicker defenders in space. Doesn’t play with balance.

NFL COMPARISON

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BOTTOM LINE

Family tradition led Hawkinson toLawrence, as several of his immediate family members areKansasalums (except his father, who went to rival KSU). He’s been a fixture on theKansasline, as shown by 48 consecutive starts. He’s showed off his athleticism while adding weight every season, but he’ll need to prove he can play with better strength and balance in order to be selected late in the draft.

 

 

 

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