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From PFN: 134. Atlanta Falcons: Jaylinn Hawkins, S, California Pauline’s Ranking: #395 (S32) | Scouting Report PFN Consensus: N/A | RAS: N/A Pauline: I’ve always been a big fan of Jayli

Whichever NFL team announces Jaylinn Hawkins’ name in the NFL draft later this week, the California safety prospect promises it can just plug him right in. The Buena Park, California, native wasn

Newsflash folks, anything past the third round isn’t a “reach”.

I don't get the negativity from some of ya'll. The FO and scouting department has WAY more information on players than any of you who just watch TV or research players on the internet. These guys know their schemes, talk to coaches, players, do private workouts and get up close to these prospects at a level that everyone on this board can only dream of. If you haven't heard of this kid then it's proof you don't have access to the level of information and connections our FO has. NFL teams don't have blinders on, if you have talent and fit the mold they will find you no matter how off the radar you are.

Remember when we drafted Grimes and everyone was like "what? ....... who!?!?" Had a pretty good career wouldn't you say for being a "nobody".  

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Coverage Spacing - He's got a surprising amount of range considering he isn't overly bursty or dynamic. But he's sharp — shows good instincts and can shade and drop versus layered routes to understand where the QB wants to attack. Does well in deep half and underneath zones, specifically. 

Acceleration - He's confident. He doesn't bring a lot of explosive range and if you isolate him in C1, you can work the sidelines against him. But he's quick to step down or flash from hash and he's got effective ability to step down from off coverage if you're working him in the intermediates.

Tackling - Needs to make sure he stays disciplined with his strikes — he can come in hot or high or tempt referees with his strike zone. But that said, he's an imposing hitter and brings a lot of wood, running his feet through contact and also showing confidence as a wrap up tackler to avoid giving up extra yardage. 

Zone Coverage Skills - Wouldn't sign off on a lot of deep middle reps but he did serve that role in addition to half field and shallow zones. He's sharp and doesn't get baited into poor positioning as easily as many of his colleagues in the class. His lack of length and explosiveness ultimately cut down on his ball production. 

Ball Skills - Got a bunch of his production in one shot against TCU (2018). His consistency squeezing the catch point or extending through the body is limited but he's most consistent to buzz underneath throws and take away the football from underneath while sinking. Good body control to adjust to the football as it arrives. 

Competitive Toughness - He's physical! Like how he punches and collapses point men in swing routes or designed WR screens. Effort as a rally defender isn't elite but he's into the action or if the ball comes his way, you're going to get plus effort to discard blocks and square up tackles. Should be a four down option with special teams role in the NFL. 

Flexibility - Surprising torso mobility to turn and adjust as a pass defender. He's done well to maximize his tackle radius as well, leaning into challenges as needed. He's not the most fluid isolated in space and transitional quickness in speed turns or click and close aren't prominent qualities — but also not liabilities. 

Feet/COD - He's fairly controlled here. Not naturally explosive or dynamic to attack and trigger but he does build momentum quickly after the first few strides — and more importantly his shallow adjustments to ball carriers is adequate to stay balanced and not step down too flat. 

Man Cover Skills - He'll do well to wall off the MOF when covering from the slot but his turn and run speed and upside is only moderate. He's physical at the LOS when you leave him down to press and that can allow him to disrupt timing but generally speaking I like him better in shallow zone and box defender than playing with his back to the ball. 

Versatility - He was put in a lot of roles in a multiple Cal secondary. Think his football IQ will aid him in carving out a clear role as a depth player. Will be a viable special teams contributor and if you get the right compliment at FS you could see him wrestle his way into a starter role to stay in the intermediate areas of the field. 

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Best Trait - Football IQ

Worst Trait - Tackling Discipline

Best Film - Washington (2019)

Worst Film - Utah (2019)

Red Flags - None

Player Summary - Jaylinn Hawkins is a sharp mid- to late-round prospect who should find success in a depth role at the pro level. There's an opportunity here for him to seize a role as a starter if he's able to work with a rangy free safety to help mask deep layering of coverage and protect the defense vertically. Hawkins is a stout tackler — but he needs to cut down on some of the simple mistakes regarding his tackling. He can be a bit too reckless and give away free yardage with unnecessary roughness. 

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26 minutes ago, ADAMSVILLE GYM said:

And again, not a single breath of ANY conversations about these picks on this forum before today. Now, all of a sudden, we got full career experts who already knew everthing about these dudes bfore they got picked. 

The internet was supposed to make us smarter. Instead, it revealed that the bulk of society is actully stupider than we could ever have imagined.

 It's so like the sheep that follow the mainstream media. Like they're Moses speaking from the mountain top. Most of these so called experts have probly never strapped on a helmet or watched serious tape. Just repeating what their hero says. Let's let the waves settle down and see what we got when they play.

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26 minutes ago, dawgsjw said:

TD has always done this, that is reaching on players.  Usually doesn't work out too well. 

Devonta Freeman, Kendal Sheffield, Ito Smith, Devondre Campbell, Justin Hardy, Toilolo, and Joe Hawley were 4th rounders. Historically TD has been money in the 4th. 

Just sayin'.

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From PFN:

134. Atlanta Falcons: Jaylinn Hawkins, S, California

Pauline’s Ranking: #395 (S32) | Scouting Report
PFN Consensus: N/A | RAS: N/A

Pauline: I’ve always been a big fan of Jaylinn Hawkins and though not the athlete of his teammate Ashtyn Davis, Hawkins is a better football player. He comes with better range and ball skills but the lack of speed limits him.

DiCecco: Love the Hawkins pick by the Falcons. Hawkins served as an enforcer on the back end for the Bears, and while he doesn’t have great athleticism, he has solid ball production. He is a versatile chess piece with range, that reminds me a bit of Keanu Neal.

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58 minutes ago, WFColonel56 said:

Word is that he was called for targeting WAYYYYYY too much. Box safety or possibly may be converted to LB. Who knows man lol. The lack of discipline makes me say LB would be his best position but this gives us flexibility w Neal 

Was not called for targeting at all his senior year

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31 minutes ago, raumin said:

I don't get the negativity from some of ya'll. The FO and scouting department has WAY more information on players than any of you who just watch TV or research players on the internet. These guys know their schemes, talk to coaches, players, do private workouts and get up close to these prospects at a level that everyone on this board can only dream of. If you haven't heard of this kid then it's proof you don't have access to the level of information and connections our FO has. NFL teams don't have blinders on, if you have talent and fit the mold they will find you no matter how off the radar you are.

Remember when we drafted Grimes and everyone was like "what? ....... who!?!?" Had a pretty good career wouldn't you say for being a "nobody".  

Grimes was a UDFA.

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