East-West Prospect Profile: Terry HawthorneJanuary 24th, 2013
Joe spoke with five prospects last week at the East-West Shrine practices and game that could be targets of the Bucs, three cornerbacks, one safety and one linebacker. The Bucs have a pattern for prospects: multiple years as a starter, played for a big-time program or conference, and served as a team captain. The Bucs rarely deviate from this pattern. Some have met all three qualifications for a Bucs draftee; some have not.
Name: Terry Hawthorne
Size: 6-1, 193
Started: Three years
Have Bucs representatives spoken to him?: Yes.
Background: A physical corner with good size, who also returns kicks, Hawthorne was impressive to Joe at practices in that when he played close to the line, receivers often found themselves on the ground before they could start their routes, which in Joe’s eyes is the best cornerback defense: put the receiver on the ground. “I am pretty big, aggressive corner that loves to get up there and I get a chance to get my hands on you at the line, it will be a busted route for you,” Hawthorne said.
Sales pitch to Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik: “I am a guy with great character and a guy with a great passion for the game and just love to get out there and help out my teammates.”
Profile: Hawthorne comes from Bucs front seven coach Bryan Cox’s hometown, East St. Louis, Ill., which if anyone has ever been there, knows that the goal isn’t bonding with expatriates, but to get the hell out. Just doing that is impressive. Hawthorne was hurt much of his junior year after drilling a Wisconsin ballcarrier, missed a game and probably wasn’t the same since. In 44 career games and 26 starts for the Fighting Illini, Hawthorne had 163 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, a sack, six interceptions and two pick-sixes. Probably had his best game this season against undefeated Ohio State when Hawthorne had 10 tackles, including career-highs in solos (nine) and tackles for loss (two), recorded his first career sack and had a career-best six kickoff returns for a career-high 158 yards, including a career-long 45-yarder. Hawthorne also played some nickel and his a self-professed filmroom junkie.
Below are some highlights of Hawthorne against Ohio State this year. Joe likes how Hawthorne can shed blocks.