Tanner Hawkinson On Playing All Five Positions: 'It Was A Little Awkward' At First

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The Cincinnati Bengals are enthusiastic about Tanner Hawkinson and a projected ability to play all five positions on the offensive line.

If you read to the comments by the Bengals coaching staff, there's a lot of promise that fifth-round pick Tanner Hawkinson brings to Cincinnati. Obviously not as a starter within a lineup already filled with veteran tackles, promising younger guards and a mix of both at center. Hawkinson spent rookie minicamp practicing at all five positions, impressing Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander for how quickly he picked them up.

"He’s got good quickness, he’s smart. He’s an instinctive player," Alexander told reporters after one practice over the weekend. The Bengals selected three offensive linemen over the weekend, including Reid Fragel from Ohio State and T.J. Johnson out of South Carolina. All are expected to compete for jobs.

Hawkinson spent the weekend adjusting.

"It was a little awkward," Hawkinson told the team site. "(But) getting that muscle memory down, then it’s just like its second nature.

"It wasn’t bad (at guard either). It’s a little different, of course, but when they drafted me they told me they thought I could play all five positions."

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