Eagles Sign OL Tanner Hawkinson

Tanner Hawkinson. USA TODAY Sports

Tanner Hawkinson. USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles signed offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson off the 49ers practice squad Tuesday and released Julian Vandervelde.

Hawkinson (6-5, 300) played his college ball at the University of Kansas and was a fifth-round selection of the Bengals in 2013. He appeared in four games for Cincinnati in two seasons before being released in September. The Niners then signed him to their practice squad.

A tight end in college, Hawkinson was moved first to defensive end and then tackle while with the Jayhawks. Playing both right and left tackle in college, he ended up with the Kansas record for games started.

Here is here draft profile courtesy of NFL.com:


Frame has filled out during his career, should continue to do so early in his NFL career. Still possesses foot quickness to lead off-tackle runs, be effective on zone blocks, and reach/negate second-level targets. Lateral movement in pass protection is adequate to cut off the corner, has the length to push rushers around the pocket. Picks up twists adeptly. Quick getting down on back-side cut blocks.


Lacks adequete strength. Can be bullied into the quarterback by powerful linemen and lacks the upper body to hold off defenders once they get the advantage inside. Stops his feet in pass pro at times, causing him to bend at the waist. Also overextends when attacking linebackers off the snap and quicker defenders in space. Doesn’t play with balance.

And here is a look at his spider chart:

As for Vandervelde…

This is the seventh time Vandervelde has been released by the Eagles, per Vandervelde expert Jimmy Kempski.