Report: Pats get special teamer with 4.3 speed

Report: Pats get special teamer with 4.3 speed
May 12, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Travis Hawkins was a criminal justice major in college and hoped to take a career path that would allow for him to become an FBI agent one day.

He'll try football first.

The Patriots reached an agreement with the undrafted free agent defensive back out of Delaware following the draft, according to Delaware News Journal NFL writer Martin Frank.

A member of the Blue Hens' Leadership Council as a senior, Hawkins started at cornerback and was an accomplished kick returner.

In 33 games in three years at Delaware he had 168 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, 16 pass breakups and eight picks.

At his pro day, he measured in at 5-foot-10, 192 pounds and ran a very quick 4.37 40-yard dash.

Hawkins began his college career at Maryland but transferred after two years, one of which was a redshirt year.

According to an interview with National Football Post, Hawkins seems to understand his ticket to a pro job is by focusing on special teams and being a good teammate.

"They're going to get a hard worker," he said. "I'm going to go in and earn a spot right away and do whatever I need to do whether that's special teams or being a nickel back or something. I just like to play football. I'm a family guy. I like to be around my family. I'm not a guy who likes to party or drink or anything. If a team picks me up, they'll get a guy who loves to work and is going to compete.

"From a skill standpoint, I'm all about special teams. That's something teams have focused on with me because I'm a guy who flies under the radar right now. If it's special teams my first year, that's something I'm coll with. I just want to get in and compete and hopefully earn a job. I feel like I'm a great return specialist. I can focus on that and cover kicks and be a gunner, too."