Packers interested in DE/LB prospect

Hawkins makes pre-draft visit to Green Bay

The Green Bay Packers, seeking to bolster their corp of linebackers and defensive ends, met with Illinois State defensive end/linebacker in Green Bay on April 13, according to his agent Brian Levy. Hawkins has drawn interest from a number of NFL teams and is projected to be a late second to third-round selection.

The 6-foot-3, 244-pound Hawkins likely would be used as a strong-side linebacker, or situational pass rusher, in the National Football League. The Packers are seeking help in that area after releasing veteran starter Na'il Diggs in early March.

Seattle and Cleveland are two teams showing a strong interest in Hawkins, according to Levy. Hawkins made pre-draft visits to meet with the Bears, Jaguars, Steelers, Colts, Cowboys, Chiefs and Falcons in recent weeks. He also has worked out at Illinois State in front of scouts from other teams.

Here is more on Hawkins from TFY Draft Preview's Tony Pauline:

Ht: 6-2 Wt: 241 40 time: 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.

Positives: 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.

Negatives: 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 and speed numbers to be anything more than a situational pass rusher.

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