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A.J. Hawk

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Positional Rankings: QB RB FB WR TE OT OG C - DE DT ILB OLB S CB - K P

Position: Linebacker

School: Ohio State

Status: Senior

Height: 6-1

Weight: 240

40-Yard Dash: 4.55 (est)

Positives:


A.J. Hawk is fast enough that he can run down most running backs and tight ends, and athletic enough to change direction and make a play. He doesn't have a problem reading run or pass, and doesn't struggle too much with the play-action pass. He won't shy away from being hit, and is one of the toughest players in the draft.
Hawk is a very smart player who won't forget his assignment on most plays. He shows good composure and is the leader of the defense. Of all the LBs in the draft, Hawk is also the best in coverage.

Negatives:


The biggest knock on Hawk, while not a big thing, is overrunning plays due to being overaggressive. While this isn't a big deal in college, it will take him out of many plays in the NFL. An easy problem to fix however, all he has to do is learn to slow down.

Overview:


A three-year letter winner with the Buckeyes, Hawk is the best LB in the draft, and will more than likely be a top-5 pick. His speed, ability to read what's going on, and coverage skills will be great assets to him. His toughness will also help him, as most of the people he will go up against will be bigger than him. He will be able to step in and make an impact almost instantly on most teams. However, if he doesn't learn to slow down just a little, he will overrun too many plays.

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