A.J. Hawk capsule

Green Bay's first-round pick, fifth overall


School: Ohio State

Pos: OLB Ht: 6-1 Wt: 245 40: 4.45 Yr: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors every season since his sophomore campaign. Led Ohio State in tackles the past three years posting 121/16.5/9.5 as a senior. Awarded All-American honors last year. Junior numbers included 141/8/1.

Positives: Intense, aggressive linebacker who strives to be the best. Plays with outstanding explosion, and displays tremendous sideline-to-sideline range. Fast in pursuit, flashes on the scene and flies around the ball. Immediately alters his angle of attack or redirects to the action and effectively uses hand technique to protect himself. Gets depth on drops, displaying a good backpedal in coverage.

Negatives: Does not always play under great control. Must improve his tackling technique as he tends to go high on ball carriers.

Analysis: A productive defender on the field, Hawk is the consummate three-down player who will quickly find a starting job in the NFL.

Outlook with Packers: Expected to start at either weak-side linebacker, or strong-side in place of Na'il Diggs (released in early March).

What Packers said: "This guy is a football player and he is, in fact, a playmaker," said Packers general manager Ted Thompson.

What Hawk said: "People talk about the tradition and history of the Packers. That's where I came from, and that's why I think it would be a great fit and why I'm excited, to stay not too from from Ohio and get up there and play."

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