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January 28, 2013Kansas offensive tackle Tanner Hawkinson has a good shot at being selected in this April's NFL Draft. Currently he is preparing for the NFL Combine working out at a training facility in San Diego.
Hawkinson on preparing for the draft in California
I am in San Diego working out at a place called Velocity. My agent is Jack Bechta and he is out here in San Diego and this is where he sends all of his guys. They have us doing the typical pre combine training.
We workout Monday through Saturday and Wednesday is our regeneration day. We workout a couple of times a day. The morning is our speed based/agility training. It's similar to what we do at the combine. We come back in the afternoon to get the weights in.
A couple of times a week they have us work with offensive line coach Hudson Houck. He was with the Cowboys for a while. He was there with Coach Campo. He has good knowledge of the game. He lets us know what we might be going through with drills when we get into camp.
We watch film with him too and he walks us through several drills that will be going on at the combine.
They also give us an idea of what type of questions we are going to have at the combine. They also have a sports psychologist so if we have any questions about the interview process we can refer to them.
Hawkinson on the process of picking out an agent
I was getting contacted all throughout the year and I directed them all towards my dad. I told them I would contact them after the year because I wanted to focus on our year and the games. I narrowed it down to a few after the year and got the opportunity to meet with them. I ended up choosing Jack Bechta. It was kind of similar to recruiting and choosing a college to play football.
Hawkinson on Charlie Weis giving the seniors advice on the pre draft process
After the season ended he met with all the seniors who wanted to continue playing and he gave us some good insight on what to expect and some tips for the next few months leading up to the draft. He had our parents come meet with him as well and they were able to ask any questions they had about the process.
The best advice was that while this process is a serious thing, don't stress out too much about it. There's a ton of guys going through it preparing for it and if you go into it stressing too much and not enjoying the process it is going to weight you down quite a bit. He said to just relax and take things day by day.