Rookie Tanner Hawkinson Worked All Five Offensive Line Positions During Camp


The Cincinnati Bengals are fairly impressed with Hawkinson, who worked all five offensive lineman positions over the weekend, either during team or individual drills.

The dreaded fifth round.

Where most players selected during the Marvin Lewis era have traditionally failed to make any contribution for this organization. There's Kevin Huber, an exception. Wide receiver Marvin Jones is on the rise. There's hope. George Iloka played seven games last season as a rookie, mostly on special teams. Robert Sands, who played one game during his rookie season in 2011 and spent the entire 2012 on Injured Reserve, was arrested earlier this year and accused of assaulting his wife.

Otis Hudson is already gone. The Arizona Rattlers suspended former lineman Jason Shirley, who was also suspended twice at Fresno State. Jeff Rowe, A.J. Nicholson and Adam Kieft have long departed the NFL.

While Huber gave fifth rounders hope, added by the belief that Marvin Jones' ceiling is fairly high, offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson hopes to continue shedding the enigma.

During Cincinnati's rookie minicamp this weekend, Hawkinson worked all five offensive linemen positions during team or individual drills, making a convincing argument himself by applying the team's obsession for versatile players that play more than one position.

Per should say something that offensive line coach Paul Alexander can't remember if anyone else has done that for him so early in his career.

"I'll have to get back to you on that," Alexander said after the Saturday morning practice. "He's got good quickness, he's smart. He's an instinctive player."

"It wasn't bad (at guard)," Hawkinson said via "It's a little different, of course, but when they drafted me they told me they thought I could play all five positions. It was a little awkward," he said when asked about playing center. "(But) getting that muscle memory down, then it's just like its second nature."

Cook and Robinson are expected to compete for the starting center job during training camp in July. However if Hawkinson keeps impressing the coaching staff with an ability to play all five positions, it changes things up.

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