Jerald Hawkins

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Jerald Hawkins
No. 70 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1993-10-16) October 16, 1993 (age 26)
Baldwin, Louisiana
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school:West St. Mary
(Baldwin, Louisiana)
College:LSU
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 4 / Pick: 123
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2019
Games played:7
Games started:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Jerald Hawkins (born October 16, 1993) is an American football offensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana State University. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round (123rd overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Hawkins attended West St. Mary High School in Baldwin, Louisiana. He played both offensive and defensive tackle. He committed to Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college football.

College career[edit]

Hawkins was a three-year starter at offensive tackle for LSU from 2013 to 2015. He started at right tackle his first two years before switching to left for his junior year.[1][2] After his junior year he entered the 2016 NFL Draft.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

Entering the 2016 NFL Draft, Hawkins was projected by the majority of NFL analysts and scouts to be a second or third round pick. He received the invitation to the NFL Combine and completed all the required combine drills and positional drills. On March 14, 2016, he participated at LSU's pro day and chose to only perform the three-cone drill and positional drills for team representatives and scouts. He was ranked the ninth best offensive tackle prospect available in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 6 in
(1.98 m)
305 lb
(138 kg)
34 in
(0.86 m)
9 18 in
(0.23 m)
5.23 s 4.89 s 8.19 s 8 ft 4 in
(2.54 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine,[6]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Hawkins was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round (123rd overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.[7] On June 2, 2016, Hawkins signed a four-year, $2.87 million contract with a signing bonus of $530,488.[8] On August 28, 2016, he was placed on injured reserve by the Steelers after suffering a shoulder injury during a joint practice with the Detroit Lions.[9]

He entered training camp in 2017 competing for a backup offensive tackle position with Matt Feiler, Chris Hubbard, and Keavon Milton. Hawkins was named the backup left tackle behind Alejandro Villanueva to begin the regular season.[10]

On November 26, 2017, Hawkins made his professional debut against the Green Bay Packers.

On May 30, 2018, Hawkins suffered a torn quad during organized team activities.[11] He was officially placed on injured reserve on June 5, 2018, ruling him out for the 2018 season.[12]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On August 31, 2019, Hawkins was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with the Steelers' seventh round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft in exchange for the Buccaneers' sixth round pick in the 2021 draft.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Position switches for Vadal Alexander, Jerald Hawkins strengthen tackle posts
  2. ^ Sources: LT Jerald Hawkins is most likely LSU player to leave early
  3. ^ LSU's Jerald Hawkins declares for NFL Draft
  4. ^ LSU junior OT Jerald Hawkins declares for NFL Draft
  5. ^ "*Jerald Hawkins, DS No. 9 OT, LSU". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Jerald Hawkins". National Football League.
  7. ^ "Steelers select Hawkins in the fourth round". Steelers.com. April 30, 2016. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Chester, Simon A. (June 8, 2016). "Salary cap numbers for Jerald Hawkin's rookie contract". USAToday.com. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  9. ^ Steelers Begin Roster Cuts; Place Rookie T Jerald Hawkins On IR
  10. ^ "NFL.com: Pittsburgh Steelers depth chart". nfl.com. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Fowler, Jeremy (May 30, 2018). "Source: Steelers OL Jerald Hawkins tears quad, could go to IR list". ESPN.com.
  12. ^ Varley, Teresa (June 5, 2018). "Steelers sign two; place two on IR". Steelers.com.
  13. ^ Smith, Scott (August 31, 2019). "Bucs Trade for Steelers' T Jerald Hawkins". Buccaneers.com.

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