Darius Hawkins: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview

Name: Darius Hawkins
School: University of Central Oklahoma
Position: DB

Height: 5’10”
Weight: 195

What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?

I set a goal to win a conference championship, I didn’t get to accomplish that but another goal I had was to not give up any touchdown or deep balls, and I accomplished both of those goals this season.

Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?

I believe I increased it tremendously by showing that I can consistently cover in any coverage and also blitz off the edge and make plays along with being able to tackle in space great which I have put on tape for 4 1/2 years consecutively.

Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?

They would say that I am a very laid back player who lets my play do the talking on the field. And that I am always on time and never miss anything.

Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?

I try to focus on how my opponents line up in certain situations for different concepts and I also try to study on what down and distances what they go to the most so I can have a 60/40 advantage before the play even starts.

Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?

I believe what separates me from other prospects in this draft class is that I can cover man great, also can play zone and expand by playing Safety, Nickel, and Cornerback and that I also have good hips and great speed to go along with it.

Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?

I am in Tampa bay Florida training at cooper sports performance and after pro day I plan to get back into the lab with a DB specialist and work on my game while I wait on a call from a team.

Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?

The strengths I will bring to a team is being able to play wherever I am needed on the field from special teams all the way to any position in the secondary.

Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?

I just want to put out the great number that I know I can in-front of the scouts and raise some eyebrows, and to give me a shot that way I can prove why I deserve to be on their respective team!