Donald Hawkins
Hawkins with the Panthers in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-04-22) April 22, 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Career information
College: Texas
Undrafted in 2014
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Philadelphia Eagles ( 2014)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2017
Games played     8
Games started     0
Stats at

Donald Hawkins (born April 22, 1992) is an American football tackle who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Texas. Hawkins has also been a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, San Antonio Commanders, Arizona Hotshots, Orlando Apollos, and Memphis Express.

Early yearsEdit

Hawkins played high school football at Rosa Fort High School in Tunica, Mississippi. He played multiple positions on the offensive and defensive lines. He was an all-district selection in 2008 and 2009. Hawkins was named team captain as a senior in 2009 when his team finished as co-district champions with a 6-5 record and appeared in the 4A playoffs.[1]

College careerEdit

Hawkins first played college football for the Northwest Mississippi Community College Rangers from 2010 to 2011. He was named a 2011 National Junior College Athletic Association First-Team All-American.[1] He transferred to play for the Texas Longhorns from 2012 to 2013.[1] Hawkins started 24 of 25 career games during his time with the Longhorns.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 295 lb 5.55 s 1.84 s 3.15 s 4.88 s 8.00 s 32 in 8 ft 6 in 20 reps

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Hawkins signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on May 10, 2014 after going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.[3] He was released by the Eagles on August 23, 2014.[4]

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Hawkins was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Browns on August 25, 2014. He was released by the Browns on August 30, 2014.[4]

Dallas CowboysEdit

Hawkins signed with the Dallas Cowboys on August 31, 2014.[4] He was waived by the Cowboys on May 8, 2015.[5]

Miami DolphinsEdit

Hawkins was signed by the Miami Dolphins on May 11, 2015.[6] He was released by the Dolphins on September 4 and signed to the team's practice squad on September 8, 2015.[7][3] He was released by the Dolphins on November 12, 2015.[8]

San Francisco 49ersEdit

On November 16, 2015, the San Francisco 49ers signed Hawkins to their practice squad.[9]

Carolina PanthersEdit

On January 26, 2016, Hawkins signed a futures contract with the Carolina Panthers.[10] He was released by the Panthers on November 25, 2016.[11]

New York JetsEdit

On November 30, 2016, Hawkins was signed to the New York Jets' practice squad.[12] He was promoted to the active roster on December 20, 2016.[13] He was released by the Jets on May 7, 2017.[14]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On June 16, 2017, Hawkins signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.[15] He was waived/injured on September 2, 2017, and placed on injured reserve.[16] He was released on November 14, 2017.

Alliance of American FootballEdit

On January 3, 2019, Hawkins signed with the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). He was waived on January 7, 2019, and subsequently claimed off waivers by the Arizona Hotshots. He was then traded to the Orlando Apollos on January 14, 2019, in exchange for wide receiver Freddie Martino.[17] He was waived during final roster cuts on January 30, 2019. The Memphis Express signed him to a contract on February 19, 2019, but waived him on February 21.


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  2. "Donald Hawkins". Archived from the original on December 8, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "DONALD HAWKINS". Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Donald Hawkins". Archived from the original on December 8, 2014. Retrieved December 7, 2014.
  5. Jenkins, Ron (May 8, 2015). "Dallas Cowboys tackle Josh Brent retires". Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  6. Kelly, Omar (May 11, 2015). "Dolphins claim former Cowboys offensive tackle Donald Hawkins off waivers". Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  7. Beasley, Adam H. (September 4, 2015). "RB Jay Ajayi cracks a rib, complicating the Dolphins' plans as they begin cuts". Archived from the original on September 4, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  8. Kelly, Omar (November 12, 2015). "Starting right guard Billy Turner practices with Dolphins". Archived from the original on November 13, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  9. Gutierrez, Paul (November 16, 2015). "San Francisco 49ers sign two players to practice squad". Archived from the original on January 28, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  10. "Panthers sign eighth to future contract". Archived from the original on January 28, 2016.
  11. "Michael Oher placed on injured reserve". November 25, 2016.
  12. Lange, Randy (November 30, 2016). "Jets Sign T Donald Hawkins to Practice Squad".
  13. Greenberg, Ethan (December 20, 2016). "Jets Place Winters and Catapano on IR".
  14. Greenberg, Ethan (May 7, 2017). "Jets Sign Pair of Tryout Players".
  15. Thorman, Joel (June 16, 2017). "Chiefs sign two players, cut Stanley Jean-Baptiste".
  16. "Chiefs Roster Down to NFL Mandated 53". September 2, 2017. Archived from the original on June 3, 2018.
  17. "Arizona Hotshots Week One Game Time Changed". February 2, 2019. Retrieved 2019-02-12.

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