Steelers 4th round pick Jerald Hawkins joins Tim Benz, Ken Laird and Josh Taylor to talk about being drafted by Pittsburgh.


Jerald Hawkins
Offensive Tackle
Louisiana State
6-6, 305
Baldwin, La.
West St. Mary High School
4th Round – 123rd Overall

A three-year starter on the offensive line, playing and starting 37 games (25 at right tackle and 12 at left tackle).

Played and started 11 games at left tackle…saw action on every snap in seven games, including the Bowl Win vs. Texas Tech, helping the Tigers generate a school bowl-record 638 yards of total offense in the 56-27 win…was a key member of the offensive line that paved the way for the SEC leading rushing offense (256.8 yards per game).

Started all 13 games at right tackle, helping pave the way for 1,000-yard rusher Leonard Fournette…ranked second among all LSU offensive linemen in total snaps with 834…totaled 43 knockdowns for the year…had his best overall game in win over No. 3 ranked Ole Miss with 12 knockdowns on 71 plays from scrimmage…against Ole Miss, LSU racked up 264 rushing yards against a Rebels team that was allowing just 97 yards rushing a game.

Won starting job at right tackle during fall camp…played and started all 13 games (12 at RT and one at LT) for the Tigers…his best outing came in win over Texas A&M with nine knockdowns on 74 snaps in the 34-10 win over the Aggies.

Redshirted as a true freshman.

Was a three-year starter for West St. Mary High School at both offensive and defensive tackle…helped West St. Mary reach the postseason for the first time in several years, finishing with a 6-5 record in 2011…didn’t allow a sack as a senior in 2011 as he recorded over 20 pancake blocks…on defense as a senior, he recorded 70 total tackles, 35.0 TFLs, six forced fumbles, one safety and one fumble recovery…as a junior in 2010, he registered 61 tackles and 18.0 TFLs at defensive end…earned 2011 LSWA 2A All-State Honorable Mention honors for his play on both offense and defense…tabbed a New Orleans Times-Picayune Blue Chip recruit…also participated in basketball, baseball and track and field throughout his high school career…won the Louisiana 2A state title in the shot put in 2011 with a toss of 52-9 ½ and followed that with a third place showing at the state meet in 2012 with a throw of 55-04.

Parents are Theresa and the late Warren Hawkins…born Oct. 16, 1993…majoring in sports administration.

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