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Old 05-01-2006, 09:48 PM   #1
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2006 Post Draft Signings - Chris Hawkins - CB - extensive profile

Chris Hawkins, CB, Marshall
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Name:
Chris Hawkins
College: Marshall Number: 40
Height: 5-10 Weight: 183
Position: CB Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2006

40 Time: 4.51

Projected Round: 6-7 Stock:
Rated number 31 out of 170 CB's 277 / 1738 TOTAL

Combine Results
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 5101
Weight: 183
40 Yrd Dash: 4.51
20 Yrd Dash: 2.66
10 Yrd Dash: 1.60
Wonderlic:
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 16
Vertical Jump: 37
Broad Jump: 9'8"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.19
3-Cone Drill:

Pro Day Results
Dates: 03/17/06
Height: 5101
Weight: 183
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump: 9'9"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.10
3-Cone Drill: 6.78


Overview

Hawkins redeemed himself during his senior year at Marshall after leaving the North Carolina program after 2004 spring drills. A fight with one of his teammates at UNC led to his transfer and he could not play in 2004 under NCAA rules. He made up for lost time as a senior, allowing only 22 receptions and two touchdowns in eleven contests.

Hawkins was a three-year starter at defensive back and wide receiver at Kinston High School. He earned All-Conference honors twice at defensive back and was named to the Kinston Free Press All-Area team as a junior and senior. He also garnered All-State accolades as a senior.

Hawkins recorded 27 tackles and 10 interceptions, adding 38 receptions for 670 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior. He led the team to an 8-5 record as it advanced to the second round of the state playoffs, with Hawkins returning a punt 95 yards for a touchdown. He also started three years at guard on the basketball team.

Hawkins enrolled at the University of North Carolina, recording one assisted tackle in limited action while appearing in five games in 2001. He remained a reserve in 2002, posting 15 tackles (11 solos) with a pair of pass deflections in eleven contests. He started five of 12 games at right cornerback for the Tar Heels in 2004, posting 30 tackles (23 solos) with two stops for losses, a fumble recovery and eight pass breakups.

He transferred from UNC to Marshall in 2004, sitting out the season. Hawkins then took over left cornerback duties, registering 28 tackles (19 solos) with a forced fumble, seven pass deflections and 14 kickoff returns for 276 yards (19.7 avg).

During his entire collegiate career, Hawkins started 15 of 39 games. He recorded 74 tackles (53 solos) with 3.5 stops for losses of 9 yards. He caused and recovered a fumble and also deflected seventeen passes. He also gained 276 yards on fourteen kickoff returns (19.7 avg).



Analysis

Positives: Has very good straight-line speed, showing good quickness and adequate knee bend coming out of his backpedal...Shows awareness playing in the zone and the ability to handle the receiver switch-off and react to his new assignment...Has the leaping ability to compete for jump balls and deflect the pass...Gets into the flats quickly on the screens, and thanks to his former experience at wide receiver he gets his head turned around to track the deep balls in flight...Gets a sharp break on the ball to close on plays in front of him...Has shown improvement using his hands to disrupt the receivers in their routes...Wrap-up and drag-down tackler who shows active hands in attempts to strip the ball from his opponent.

Negatives: Strictly a straight-line charger, lacking the loose hips to turn cleanly out of his pedal...Takes too many false steps in transition and struggles to change direction...Has the hand strength to press the receiver, but gets a little reckless with his arms and the receiver is able to slip off his hits...Lacks the bulk to be effective playing in the box in run support...Fails to generate explosion out of his cuts and is better served playing the ball in the zone than having to mirror his assignment in man coverage...Gets fooled too often on misdirection and play-action and gets caught out of position when spending too much time eyeing the quarterback's pump action...Takes a side at times as a tackler and will duck his head before making the hit.

Hawkins is blessed with great speed, but does not have the hip snap to break cleanly on routes and trail the receiver when the opponent eats up his cushion. He is much more effective playing the zone, where he looks more comfortable keeping plays in front of him. He is often beaten by the double move and while he has strong hands, he does not use them effectively to jam his man.

Hawkins will get into the flats quickly on screens and flashes the leaping skills to break up the pass at its high point. However, he does not have the natural hands you look for in a pass thief and while he handled kickoff return duties in 2005, he failed to excite despite his timed speed.

In run support, he takes good angles to close and can be a decent wrap-up tackler, but he gets a little reckless in his approach, attacking the ball in attempts to cause the fumble rather than combating his man for the ball. He takes too many wasted steps in his backpedal and appears stiff in his hips, causing him to struggle when trying to make clean breaks.

Overall, Hawkins might bring some value in the sub package because of his quickness, but there are a lot of holes in his game and his production has been less than spectacular (74 tackles in 39 games). He is a confident player who does march to his own agenda at times, but there were two off-field incidents that might need further review, especially since one led to him leaving North Carolina in 2004. At the tail end of the draft, he is worth a seventh-round pick, but outside of his straight-line speed there is nothing to write home about here.



Career Notes

Made 74 tackles during his career, including 46 hits (34 solos) with 10 pass deflections and a fumble recovery in 28 games at North Carolina.



2005 Season

All-Conference USA second-team selection at Marshall...Took over right cornerback duties, starting ten games...Recorded 28 tackles (19 solos) with 1.5 stops for losses of 5 yards...Caused one fumble and deflected seven passes...Gained 276 yards on 14 kickoff returns (19.7 avg).



2004 Season

Redshirted at Marshall...Did not play under NCAA transfer rules.



2003 Season

Played in twelve games at North Carolina, starting at right cornerback (wore jersey #6) vs. Florida State, East Carolina, Arizona State, Clemson and Maryland...Finished with 30 tackles (23 solos) and two stops for losses of 4 yards...Recovered a fumble and deflected eight passes.



2002 Season

Appeared in eleven games, playing behind Michael Waddell at right cornerback...Made 15 tackles (11 solos) and two pass deflections...Had a season-high five tackles vs. Georgia Tech...Deflected a pass in each of the Clemson and Texas games.



2001 Season

A dislocated right middle finger in fall camp limited Hawkins to five games at North Carolina... Recorded an assisted tackle.



Off-field Issues

2001: Was involved in a fight in which Hawkins claimed that four men attacked a girl and himself after leaving a party. The girl pressed charges and the matter was settled out of court.

2004: Was involved in a fight with one of his teammates over a girl during the spring and was dismissed from the team after the fight at North Carolina.



Injury Report

1996: Fractured his left thumb as a freshman in high school.

2000: Suffered a dislocated right middle finger in August camp that limited him to five games.

2002: Suffered a broken right thumb in April camp.



Agility Tests

Campus: 4.45 in the 40-yard dash...355-pound bench press...435-pound squat...242-pound power clean...35.5-inch vertical jump...9'9" broad jump...4.10 20-yard shuttle...6.78 three-cone drill...Right-handed...12/33 Wonderlic score.

AGILITY TESTS
Combine: 4.55 in the 40-yard dash...2.62 20-yard dash...1.55 10-yard dash...37-inch vertical jump...9'8" broad jump...4.18 20-yard shuttle...30 -inch arm length...9 5/8-inch hands.



High School

Attended Kinston (N.C.) High School, playing football for head coach Jeff Price...Three-year starter at defensive back and wide receiver...Earned All-Conference honors twice at defensive back and was named to the Kinston Free Press All-Area team as a junior and senior...Also garnered All-State accolades as a senior...Recorded 27 tackles and 10 interceptions, adding 38 receptions for 670 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior...Led the team to an 8-5 record as it advanced to the second round of the state playoffs, with Hawkins returning a punt 95 yards for a touchdown...Also started three years at guard on the basketball team.



Personal

Communications major...Nicknamed "Hawk"...Born 8/14/82...Resides in Kinston, North Carolina.



Draft Scout Player News
12/01/05 - CANDIDATES FOR NEXT LEVEL: CB Chris Hawkins is a North Carolina transfer with decent combination of size and speed and more upside than Marshall's other draft prospects.

11/17/05 - Even a 6-5 record might not be enough for Marshall (4-5, 3-3 C-USA) to go bowling, but it at least puts the Thundering Herd in the mix for one of C-USA's five bowl tie-ins. Marshall's mission starts on Saturday with a home against a 3-6 East Carolina team that can no longer earn a winning record or a bowl. "There's no way around it," senior cornerback Chris Hawkins told the Charleston Daily Mail. "We have to win these last two games. Everybody knows that. They are big. I know it's big, because it's the last two games of my college career. "We go to a lot of bowls around here. So, we're going to stick together and keep believing in each other. We'll get it done."

08/31/05 - CB Chris Hawkins -- The best newcomer so far at Marshall has been North Carolina transfer Chris Hawkins, who earned a starting cornerback job after sitting out last year.
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not sure i'm a fan of this one. string of very minor injuries and repeat off field issues... you don't transfer to marshall unless you've really screwed up.
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