Hawkinson isn’t exactly a finished product, and there’s no telling just how good of an NFL lineman he can become. He was expected to play tight end when he arrived at Kansas, but moved to defensive end during his redshirt season before finally being moved to offensive tackle.
There, he would tally 48 consecutive starts and eventually earning All-Big 12 second-team selection, and finished his college career as the University of Kansas record-holder for games started, as well as consecutive games started.
Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander has already said in a previous interview that Hawkinson isn’t here to earn a spot on the practice squad like most project him to do, but instead look to claim one of the 53 roster spots on the opening day roster:
I’m very happy to get the kid. He’s smart, he’s a great character guy, team captain, very competitive, a nice All-American boy. He’s a very versatile guy. He’s going to play all the spots and make everyone’s seat a little uncomfortable.
He’s kind of a young guy bodywise. (He’s) maybe a little bit behind some others, and is going to mature and get stronger and grow into it and, hopefully, be a great NFL player.
He plays the piano. We may have to play a duet together.