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Hawkins was considered a blue-chip recruit as a cornerback out of small-town Louisiana. He found it tough to crack the defensive rotation with Chevis Jackson and Jonathan Zenon in the picture.
After making 17 combined tackles in the 2006-07 seasons on special teams and in nickel and dime packages, Hawkins started all 13 games in 2008. He led the team with three interceptions and nine pass breakups, adding 50 tackles and forced two fumbles.
Hawkins posted similar numbers as a senior (43 tackles, two interceptions, nine pass breakups), but was beaten for a critical touchdown against Florida by wideout Riley Cooper and struggled a bit with open field tackling.
Hawkins was a hot name among CB prospects entering 2009, but his stock dropped with a nondescript season. Possessing the instincts for zone coverage and size and long arms for press, Hawkins could yet prove a solid late-round value.
Read & React: Relies more on reaction time than pure instincts on the field. Attacks routes, screens or running plays to his side once he recognizes the play. When playing off the line, he will bite on head fakes and stop-and-go routes. Recovers quickly enough to overcome false steps against college receivers, but might not at the next level.
Man Coverage: Good height and strength for the position -- should be a good press corner at the next level. Gets his hands into the receiver on the line and maintains contact through the five-yard zone. A bit high and slow in his backpedal when playing off. Smooth to turn and run with receivers down the sideline. Doesn't have elite straight-line speed, but maintains contact with receivers to prevent separation. Good hands for the interception and hand-eye coordination for pass breakups. Catches the ball away from his frame, can high-point the ball with a well-timed jump and nice vertical and make plays near the sideline.
Zone Coverage: Good awareness when in zone, and disciplined enough to come off initial receiver to prevent big plays behind him. Has the straight-line speed to catch up with receivers running free down the seam or due to a blown coverage. Keeps his eyes in the backfield and will track down overthrows.
Closing/Recovery: Fair recovery speed; will get back to receiver within a couple of steps if he bites on fakes. Good burst to the ball when it is in the air, and has the length and hands to knock out the ball as it reaches the receiver. Must improve his ability to plant and drive on the ball when playing off.
Run Support: Aggressively cuts down fullbacks or linemen coming around the corner. Goes toe-to-toe with receiver blocks on the edge, there's no backing down in him. Strong enough to hold off receivers and disengage to make the tackle. Will shed receiver blocks to make a play on the ball. Could improve avoiding and getting off tight end blocks to contain on the edge.
Tackling: Secure wrap tackler. Will attempt to rip the ball out once the receiver is contained. Able to bring down running backs outside by wrapping up their legs. Breaks down in space, and recovers well enough to drag down against an elusive runner when tracking from behind.
Intangibles: Watches film of other college and pro corners to hone his craft. Tries to set an example on the field for his younger teammates. Good upside because of his toughness, height and work ethic.
One of the leaders in the secondary as the starting left cornerback ... Ranks ninth on the team with 40 total tackles on the season, including 22 unassisted and 18 assisted tackles ... Also ranks No. 2 on the team with seven pass breakups in 2009 ... Recorded a season-high seven tackles in back-to-back games against UL-Lafayette and Mississippi State ... Also recorded his first interception of the season and a season-high two pass breakups against Mississippi State ... Notched his second interception of the season against Auburn and was also credited with one pass breakup ... Three of his five career interceptions have come against Auburn ... Registered a season-high five solo tackles versus Washington with one tackle for a loss of two yards ... Also recorded one pass breakup against the Huskies in LSU’s season opener.
Had a standout season as the Tigers’ starter at right cornerback ... Started all 13 games ... Led LSU in interceptions with three, pass breakups with nine and tied for the team lead in forced fumbles with two ... Racked up 50 tackles on the year with 0.5 tackles for loss ... Had five tackles and one PBU against Ole Miss ... Recorded four tackles and a career-high three PBUs against Alabama ... Finished with three tackles and three PBUs a week later vs. Troy ... Registered the first touchdown of his career on a 24-yard fumble recovery in the second quarter against Tulane ... Added five tackles in the win over the Green Wave ... Accumulated five tackles against Georgia ... Registered two tackles and a forced fumble against South Carolina ... Tallied three stops against Florida and finished with five tackles against Mississippi State ... Picked off two passes – the first interceptions of his career – in the comeback win at Auburn ... Added five tackles and one PBU against Auburn ... Recorded a career-high eight tackles versus North Texas in just his second career start ... Intercepted a pass the halted a Georgia Tech drive at the end of the first half in the Chick-fil-A Bowl ... Later a forced a fumble in the second half against the Yellow Jackets and finished with two tackles.
Played in 13 games with no starts … Credited with 13 tackles and three pass break-ups ... Made a career high five tackles, all solo stops, in the win over La. Tech ... Registered three tackles and a PBU against Middle Tennessee ... Also saw action on LSU’s punt return and kickoff units.
Played in 12 games for the Tigers with no starts ... Credited with four tackles ... Recorded a career-high three stops in the Tigers’ win over Kentucky.
Redshirted as a true freshman in 2005.
One of the state's most coveted defensive back prospects ... Rated as the nation's No. 22 cornerback by ESPN and No. 9 safety by Rivals.com ... Member of the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen, the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 20 Blue-Chip list as well as the Mobile Register (Ala.) Super Southeast 120 ... Saw limited action as a senior due to an ankle injury ... Did manage to rack up 1,397 yards and 18 touchdowns as a running back ... Averaged 6.4 yards per carry as a senior ... Caught 10 passes for 224 yards and 3 TDs as a wide receiver ... Had productive junior and sophomore campaigns tallying over 2,400 all-purpose yards ... All-around athlete who earned letters in track and basketball as well ... Competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump in track ... Timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... Coached by John Guerin.
Born April 12, 1986 ... Majoring in general studies.
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01/05/13 - CB Chris Hawkins signed a 2013 contract with the Eagles.