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Joe Hawley (OG)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    297 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 1/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 5/8 in.
  • College:
    UNLV
  • Conference:
    Mountain West
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Selected by: Atlanta Falcons
Round: 4
Pick (Overall): 19 (117)
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Pick Analysis: The Falcons pick up a valuable backup with the selection of Joe Hawley. The former UNLV standout has the versatility to play any of the three interior positions, and could be a key contributor as a rookie backup.

Overview

Hawley is a good college interior lineman but lacks any singular asset that makes you think he eventually can become a starter at the next level. He started at both guard and center while at UNLV and understands blocking schemes and angles. He is not a natural knee-bender and struggles to leverage blocks, which allows him to be overpowered by massive nose tackles and three-technique tackles. He gets a good fit with his hands but lacks the heavy hands that can shock opponents and get them back on their heels. He projects as a quality free agent or late-round draft pick.


Strengths

Big-bodied kid with adequate height. Fires off the ball low, takes proper angles and engages with his hands, getting inside the defender's pads. Possesses good speed for his size to get to the edge when pulling. Heady player who understands interior blocking assignments and can play both guard and center.

Weaknesses

Loses leverage since he is not a natural knee bender and will struggle to handle the bull rush at the next level. Does not have the pure strength to push people around in the run game and lacks a strong punch to shock defenders. Takes too many false steps and struggles to fight off counter moves in pass protection.

Grade

2.0

 
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