Fifth-round selection in 2013 Draft has been on Bengals roster for all of the last two seasons, playing in four games ... Seen in ’13 as a developmental prospect and could be ready for increased role in 2015 ... Rated highly for his quickness and balance ... Can play all OL positions ... Started all 48 games in his college career.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in fifth round of 2013 NFL Draft (156th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 5-14-13.
2014 recap: Played in three games (Games 3 and 8-9) ... Active-DNP for Games 1 and 4-5, and inactive (coaches’ decision) for Games 2, 6-7, 10-16 and Wild Card playoff ... Played on Sept. 21 vs. Tennessee, seeing brief action on offense in fourth quarter ... Saw action on special teams on Nov. 2 vs. Jacksonville ... Saw brief action on offense and on special teams on Nov. 6 vs. Cleveland ... Played in all four preseason games, with a start at LG in the finale.
2013: Made NFL debut in fourth quarter on Dec. 22 game vs. Minnesota ... Was active-DNP for Games 1, 3, 9 and 13, and inactive for Games 2, 4-8, 10-12, 14 and 16 ... Played in preseason Games 1 and 4; sat out Games 2 and 3 with an ankle injury.
College: Played four seasons (2009-12) at Kansas, with a redshirt year in ’08 ... 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 OT prior to ’09 season ... Started all 12 games at LOT as a senior, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors from Associated Press ... Broke old KU record for consecutive starts when he hit the 44 mark during 236-yard team rushing effort vs. Texas ... Started every game at ROT as a junior, aiding team rushing efforts of 296 yards vs. Baylor and 253 vs. Northern Illinois ... In ’09, earned first-team Freshman All-American honors from Football Writers Association.
Personal: Hometown is McPherson, Kan. ... Attended McPherson High School, where he was all-state at DE as senior and all-state at TE as junior ... Named conference MVP as senior, when in addition to playing defense he had 30 receptions for 500 yards and five TDs ... Earned all-league prep honors in basketball as senior ... Earned degree from Kansas in economics, with minor in business ... Maternal grandfather, mother, two brothers and one sister also attended Kansas ... Enjoys music, outdoor activities and movies.
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.