Jerald Hawkins

College Production Again A Major Theme In Steelers’ 2016 Draft Class

During the 2015 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ approach seemed to feel just a bit different in some ways, and that was somewhat validated during the team’s post-draft press conference, when Coach Mike Tomlin and General Manager Kevin Colbert frequently made references to ‘production’ in relation to the majority of…


Best And Worst Case Scenarios Of The 2016 Steelers’ Draft Class

This is my favorite post-draft article to write. For the third year, we’ll spin the hypothetical wheel and map out the best and worst case careers of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ seven draft picks. This is, of course, all for fun, and three years from now, it’s interesting to see if…


Ninth OL Roster Spot Not A Safe One For Steelers

While it seems often to be the intention, as things usually turn out, the Pittsburgh Steelers more often than not have wound up carrying eight offensive linemen into a season rather than nine. This is usually the result of having only one true tackle with an additional interior player than…


Jerald Hawkins Enjoying Early Transition To NFL

Speed of the game. Ask any rookie, from the first round pick to the last tryout guy onto the field, and that is almost certainly the biggest adjustment you’ll hear they need to make. It’s no different for fourth round pick Jerald Hawkins, a junior who made the early leap to…


Steelers Value Jerald Hawkins’ Familiarity With Pro Offense

The Pittsburgh Steelers have largely had stability within their coaching staff—particularly on the defensive side of the ball—during head coach Mike Tomlin’s tenure in town, especially when you compare it to the way business has been carried out in other football cities around the NFL landscape. The Steelers keep their…


Release Of Mike Adams Ends Curious Saga

With the Pittsburgh Steelers finding themselves three players over the 90-man offseason roster limit, they had until yesterday to make room for those three players, in doing so releasing three. The most notable of that group, of course, was offensive tackle Mike Adams, the team’s former 2012 second-round draft pick,…


Reynolds’ Steelers Spin: 2016 NFL Draft

There is no better hangover remedy for the 31 teams that fall short of a Super Bowl victory than the NFL Draft. In a flash, painful disappointments fade away and all teams cups’ overfloweth with bright hopes as they ride in on rainbow striped unicorns. In what has become as…


Youth, Injury Makes Jerald Hawkins A Difficult Evaluation

Of the seven draft picks, Jerald Hawkins may be the one getting the least fanfare. Such is life for an offensive linemen. But evaluating the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ fourth round pick is also the most difficult. Even with 37 starts in his tool belt, Hawkins left school as a redshirt junior,…


Post-Draft Research: How The 2016 Class Matches Our Draft Criteria

Some of the most fun I had during the pre-draft process involved my several draft criteria studies, either looking internally by position, or league wide. From the internal look, some of the pre-draft visitors matched up with what we outlined. But did the picks themselves, the ones that matter, follow…


PFF Ranks Steelers’ Draft Well Below AFC North Competition

It may not come as a great surprise, but the people over at Pro Football Focus were not among those who would categorize themselves as fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2016 NFL Draft class, grading their three-day haul with a C- overall. The site was down particularly on the Steelers’…




Last Year’s Trades Hurt This Year’s Draft Flexibility

When all was said and done, the Pittsburgh Steelers came away from the 2016 NFL Draft having added seven players through their selections, but they didn’t come by them purely through their natural draft picks, and that proved to be a bit of a hindrance to them, a reflection on…


Steelers Mike Munchak Updates Status Of T Mike Adams

Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Mike Adams has had a rough professional career since being selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft and now that the team has drafted former LSU tackle Jerald Hawkins in the fourth round of this year’s draft, the former Ohio state product’s time remaining…


Evaluating The Value: Jerald Hawkins

With the 123rd overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers went away from the defensive side of the ball, instead switching to the trenches on the offensive side of the ball, selecting LSU offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins. Hawkins was arguably the best offensive lineman for the Tigers…