NFL Draft Scouting Report: A.J. Hawk

A.J. Hawk\OLB\Ohio State

Full Name: A.J. Hawk         School: Ohio State

Ht: 6-1     Wt: 243     40: 4.51     Yr: 4Sr

Pos: Explosive linebacker who plays with the a great degree of suddenness. Aggressive, always working to get involved in the action and goes for the knockout blow. Creates havoc firing up the field on the blitz. Intense and never stops. Squares and wraps up at the point of attack. Sacrifices his body in order to make the tackle. Outstanding first step quickness.  Instinctive, diagnoses the action and constantly around the ball. Effective playing over tight ends in coverage. Slides outside\in defending the run or scrapes in the box and gets to the ball handler. Adequate hands making the interception. 

Neg: Lacks great body control and does not immediately alter his angle of attack. Marginal height, which may pose a problem at the next level.

Analysis: Possessing outstanding intensity, work ethic and football instincts, Hawk would be effective in a variety of defensive schemes in the NFL. Needs to polish the rough edges of his game yet a first round choice who should produce as a rookie.

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