The Vikings don't appear to have any plans to visit with Illinois State defensive end-outside linebacker Brent Hawkins, but Hawkins' agent, Brian Levy, told VikingUpdate.com that the Vikings are one of three teams that "absolutely love" Hawkins and have him rated as a late second- to mid third-round draft selection.
Seattle and Cleveland are the other two teams showing a strong interest in Hawkins, according to Levy.
The Bears, Jaguars, Steelers, Packers, Colts, Dallas and Kansas City will all have had visits with Hawkins by the time the visit period ends Friday. While Minnesota, Seattle and Cleveland didn't make that list, Levy correctly points out that "many teams do not always bring in the players they desire for a visit," not wanting to tip their hand in the draft.
While the Vikings appear set at defensive end with Kenechi Udeze (returning from microfracture knee surgery), Erasmus James, Darrion Scott and DeQuincy Scott, they have visited with a number of linebacker prospects – including DeMeco Ryans, Chad Greenway, Roger McIntosh and Jon Alston – who are considered first-day draft picks.
TFY DRAFT PREVIEW ANALYSIS
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.
Vikings Show Desire for Another OLB/DE
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