With outstanding quickness and balance for a player his size, 2013 fifth-round selection made the Bengals 53-man roster as a guard ... Played T at Kansas and has versatility to play any line position ... Started all 48 games of his KU career.
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Has been Active-DNP for Games 1, 3 and 9 and 11 … Inactive (coach's decision) for Games 2, 4-8, 10 and 12 … Played in preseason Games 1 and 4, sitting out Games 2 and 3 with an ankle injury.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected by Cincinnati in fifth round of 2013 NFL Draft (156th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-14-13.
COACH PAUL ALEXANDER SAYS: “Tanner has exceptionally quick feet, and he’s a very versatile guy. He needs to get a little stronger, but it’s easier to get stronger than it is to get quicker. I like his athleticism. We’re going to start him out at guard, but I told him to be ready to work at all the spots. He’ll make everyone’s seat a little uncomfortable. I’m really kidding, but whoever has a bad practice, I could put Tanner right behind that guy the next day.”
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Kansas, with a redshirt year in 2008 ... Set school records for career starts and consecutive starts (48) ... Originally recruited as a tight end, and saw time briefly at DE before settling at T prior to ’09 season. 2012—Started all 12 games at LT, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors from Associated Press ... Helped pave way for a rushing game that averaged 4.6 yards per carry, with RB James Sims gaining 1048 yards and RB Tony Pierson amassing 790 ... Broke old KU record for consecutive starts when he hit the 44 mark during 236-yard team rushing effort vs. Texas. 2011—Started every game at RT ... Aided team rushing efforts of 296 yards vs. Baylor and 253 vs. Northern Illinois. 2010—Started every game at LT, helping RB James Sims post 4.4-yard rushing average. 2009—Started all 12 games at LT and earned first-team Freshman All-American honors from Football Writers Association ... All-Big 12 honorable mention from league coaches. 2008—Redshirted as a true freshman at DE.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended McPherson (Kan.) High School, where he was an all-state selection at DE as a senior and an all-state choice at TE as a junior ... Named conference MVP as a senior, when in addition to playing defense he had 30 receptions for 500 yards and five TDs ... Earned all-league honors in basketball as a senior.
PERSONAL: Hometown is McPherson, Kan. ... Earned degree from Kansas in economics, with minor in business ... Maternal grandfather, mother, two brothers and one sister also attended Kansas ... Enjoys being outdoors.
With one starting tackle not playing at all in the offseason or any preseason games (Andrew Whitworth) and the other nicked up and getting ready for the Sept. 8 opener (Andre Smith), get ready to see plenty of the two tackles the Bengals drafted this year in the preseason finale.
Cincinnati offensive line coach Paul Alexander compares fifth-round draft pick Tanner Hawkinson, a guard-center from Kansas, to former Bengals and Browns standout Eric Steinbach, a nine-year NFL player.