We announce the signing of 5th-round draft pick, G Tanner Hawkinson. He is the sixth of 10 #Bengals draft picks now under contract.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) May 14, 2013
Hawkinson became the first KU football player to be drafted since 2010. After a four-year career in which Hawkinson set the school record for consecutive starts, the Bengals believe they acquired a lineman that can provide depth at tackle, guard and center.
Career Honors: 2012: Earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors from the conference coaches, the Associated Press, Phil Steele Magazine and the San Antonio Express News. 2011: Named to the Phil SteeleMidseason All-Big 12 Third Team. 2009: First Team Freshman All-America by Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com, Second Team Freshman All-America byPhil Steele Magazine, All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, Freshman All-Big 12 by The Sporting News and Rivals.com, KU Most Improved Offensive Player. 2008: KU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week vs. Colorado.
2012: (Sr.): Earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors from the conference’s coaches, the Associated Press, Phil Steele Magazine and the San Antonio Express News… Selected to Senior Bowl Watch List… Started all 12 games at left tackle, giving him 48 consecutive starts… His 48 career starts and 48-straight starts are both team records… Helped pave the way for a running game that averaged 4.6 yards per carry and had a 1,000-yard rusher.