Hawkins enjoyed an outstanding senior season with the Redbirds, recording 67 total tackles including 25.5 for a loss and 17 sacks. After spending his first two years with Purdue, Hawkins transferred to Illinois State and quickly made a name for himself as a pass-rushing specialist.
Hawkins is considered a sleeper prospect in many circles, but he's been drawing significant interest from several teams in the National Football League this spring.
So far, he has visited with the Bears and Jaguars (last week), as well as the Steelers, Packers and Colts. Hawkins is currently at Valley Ranch today (Wednesday), and will be in Kansas City Thursday and Atlanta Friday.
The Cowboys have scheduled numerous visits and worked out a large number of outside linebacker/defensive end prospects this year in hopes of finding the right athlete to play on the opposite of DeMarcus Ware.
Hawkins is viewed as a second or third round prospect at best, but he could be a quality pick up in the later rounds.
Hawkins was also named the MVP by the coaches of the East team in the East-West Shrine game and is one of a handful of Division I-AA prospects expected to be drafted this year.
Full Name: Brent Hawkins School: Illinois State Pos: DE
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 241 40: 4.78 Year: 5Sr
Bio: Former Purdue transfer coming off a sensational senior campaign of 67/25.5/17. Awarded both All-America and All-Conference honors.
Pos: Quick yet under-sized pass rusher who lacks a true pro position. Plays with excellent pad level, balance and body control. Has good first-step quickness, fast off the edge and displays skills in pursuit. Quickly changes direction or redirects to ball carrier.
Neg: Easily slowed by blocks and even taken from the action by opposing fullbacks. Has difficulty anchoring against the run.
Analysis: Answering the call as a senior, Hawkins dominated on the small school level yet lacks the true size\speed numbers to be anything more than a situational pass rusher.
2004: Played in eight games with five starting assignments ... missed two games due to a broken finger ...led the league in TFLs with 1.5 per game ... led the team with 12 tackles for loss and ranked second with three sacks ... collected a season best five tackles at Western Kentucky.
2003: Spent the season at Lewis and Clark Community College ... played on the basketball team in the preseason, but never saw any game action.
Purdue 2002: Academic All-Big Ten ... appeared in 10 games as a reserve after moving from linebacker to defensive end during fall camp ... had nine tackles (5 solo, 4 assists), including one for loss and one sack, with one fumble recovery ... had two tackles in the game against Illinois State ... had season-high four tackles (2 solo, 2 assists), including a sack, at Notre Dame on Sept. 7 ... coached by Joe Tiller.
Purdue 2001: Received medical redshirt for stress fracture in foot.
Jersey HS: Totaled 159 tackles (84 solo, 75 assists), including three sacks, with 12 pass breakups, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... first team all-state and All-Mississippi Valley Conference ... named Metro East Area Player of the Year by St. Louis Post-Dispatch ... also played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive end ... Alton Telegraph Player of the Year in 2000 ... coached by Bill Breden.
Personal: Born 9-1-83 in Godfrey, Ill. ... son of Sandra Hawkins ... major: political science.