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Andrew Hawkins: Combine showcases “what a player isn’t”

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Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins wasn’t invited to the 2008 NFL Scouting Combine, but he has made an NFL career for himself nonetheless, and he did it the hard way, working from undrafted free agent from Toledo to reality show contestant on Michael Irvin’s “Fourth and Long” to the CFL to finally sticking in Cincinnati.

In addition to having a back story that highlights a certain fortitude, the 5-foot-7, 180-pound Hawkins is also a long-time fan and observer of the Combine, despite not being an invitee after his collegiate career.

In an interview with Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com for a story published Tuesday, the 27-year-old Hawkins gave his take on the importance of the Combine for a wide receiver — or any player, for that matter.

“I think it’s valuable,” Hawkins, who has 86 career catches, told Bengals.com. “The combine shows you more what a player isn’t than what he is. You can coach up somebody to run the 15 routes he has to run at the combine (against no defenders).

“If a guy goes in there and can’t catch the ball when no one is guarding him, well, you can’t imagine he’ll have better hands when a defender is draped all over him.  . . .  If he can’t run a comeback route with no coverage, I can’t imagine he can run a better comeback route with somebody pushing and grabbing him 20 yards downfield.”

Hawkins, who is a restricted free agent, told Bengals.com he’s recorded the Combine “since I had a VCR my freshman year in college.”

He recalled DeSean Jackson’s workout as one that was especially outstanding.

“That’s the year I came out. He went out there and I remember he weighed like 169 pounds. There were a lot of questions and he ran a 4.33 40 and he was still the (seventh) receiver taken,” Hawkins told Bengals.com. “Going back, he probably would have been a No. 1 pick. A top 10 pick if people knew then what they know now.”

Hawkins, for his part, told Bengals.com that he believes he would have been a fourth-round pick in 2008 if teams had the benefit of hindsight on his skill set.

And from the sound of it, he could be a valuable contributor to someone’s draft coverage now or in the future.

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17 Responses to “Andrew Hawkins: Combine showcases “what a player isn’t””
  1. chargersdiehard says: Feb 18, 2014 10:34 AM

    Artrell and Andaaaaaay.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 18, 2014 10:34 AM

    And despite going so late and after a bunch of lesser WR prospects the Lions passed on DeSean Jackson to take Jordon Dizon 4 spots earlier, one of the more shocking reaches we have had over the years. There were a ton of highly rated players on the board when they went right off the grid.

  3. nolahxc says: Feb 18, 2014 10:50 AM

    Baby Hawk!

  4. jtbsteeler says: Feb 18, 2014 11:09 AM

    Sign Dalton to an extension already… Make my day.

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 18, 2014 11:21 AM

    Hawkins told Bengals.com that he believes he would have been a fourth-round pick in 2008.
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    He’s giving too much credit to the Bengals – they would have grabbed him in the first round. Heck, they would’ve traded up into the top ten to get this 5’7″ burner.

  6. atkinsandgreenreignsupreme says: Feb 18, 2014 11:36 AM

    Same week 1 liners from the crown…..Some people want way too much attention…..

  7. bengalsucker says: Feb 18, 2014 11:54 AM

    Funny thing is the Bengals haven’t traded up for someone in how long? They’ve been pretty steadfast at staying put since Marvin has been around. Shows how much Crown knows.

  8. wegonefunkwichamind says: Feb 18, 2014 11:55 AM

    “Going back, he (DeSean Jackson) probably would have been a No. 1 pick. A top 10 pick if people knew then what they know now.”
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    As an Eagles’ fan who really likes DeSean, he’s not a top 10 draftable WR. For me, top 10 talent needs to have the size along with the qualities that Jackson has. I’d say he was a pretty good steal, maybe late 1st round material, but no WRs were taken in that draft until the 2nd round anyway.

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 18, 2014 11:57 AM

    gimmie a break atkins, that was originality at it’s finest. Any more original and it would’ve gone over most of your fan base heads.

  10. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Feb 18, 2014 12:07 PM

    @clownofthehelmet: Hawkins came out the same year the Steelers made the shrewd move of drafting Limas Sweed. In the second round. #SmackTalkFail

  11. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Feb 18, 2014 12:22 PM

    Career stats of Limas Sweed, chosen by Pittsburgh Steelers with 53rd pick of 2008 draft:
    20 games, 7 recs, 69 yds, 0 TDs, 1 lost fumble

    Nice job, Steelers, nice job.

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 18, 2014 12:29 PM

    Keith Rivers #9 overall, Jerome Simpson in the 2nd round, and Pat Sims in the 3rd?! The only one who liked the Rivers pick was Hines Ward.

  13. titansbro says: Feb 18, 2014 12:34 PM

    And despite going so late and after a bunch of lesser WR prospects the Lions passed on DeSean Jackson to take Jordon Dizon 4 spots earlier, one of the more shocking reaches we have had over the years. There were a ton of highly rated players on the board when they went right off the grid.

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    The reach for DHB over Crabtree ranks right up there too.

  14. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Feb 18, 2014 1:06 PM

    Rashard Mendenhall in the first. Limas Sweed in the second, Bruce Davis in the third, Tony Hills in the fourth… The only guy they got that year who was worth a crap was Doug Legursky. And he was not drafted.

    And you want to make fun of Keith Rivers? With drafts like that, it’s no wonder the Steelers are so old

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Feb 18, 2014 2:03 PM

    Sweed, Davis, Hills all have 3 playoff wins & SB ring. Mendy has 5 playoff wins and 1 SB ring.

  16. thegenoatkinsdiet says: Feb 18, 2014 3:13 PM

    Nice shot, but a crappy players with a ring is still a crappy player.

    After the 2008 fiasco, they’ve kept one player from 2009: Ziggy Hood, a backup.
    3a. Kraig Urbik… waived before 2010 season
    3b. Mike Wallace… gone
    3c. Keenan Lewis… gone
    5a. Joe Burnett… waived before 2010 season
    5b. Frank Summers… waived before 2010 season
    6. Ra’Shon Harris… who?
    7a. A.Q. Shipley… gone
    7b. David Johnson… who?

    One backup player left from two full drafts. Only 5 are still in the league. Classic. The Bengals still have 5 players from those two drafts, and 11 are still playing.

    I’ll give you one more try at who can’t draft. Your first assessment was as bad as the Steelers’ war room has been.

  17. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 18, 2014 3:35 PM

    It’s time the Bengals begin upgrading their receiving corps.

    Mohamed Sanu, Marvin Jones and 5’6″ Hawkins are not getting it done.

    Marvin Jones is #3 NFL wide receiver pretending to be a #2 NFL wide receiver.

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