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Falcons draft bio: California safety Jaylinn Hawkins

California safety Jaylinn Hawkins was selected by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft on Saturday.
California safety Jaylinn Hawkins was selected by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft on Saturday.

Falcons pick: Fourth round (134th overall) –- Jaylinn Hawkins, S, California

Height: 6-foot. Weight: 208 pounds. Arm length: 31 3/4 inches. Hand size: 9 1/2 inches. Vertical jump: 35 1/2 inches. Broad jump: 9 feet, 9 inches.

Overview: Hawkins, 22, is from Buena Vista, California. He redshirted in 2015 because of a shoulder injury. He went on to play in 49 games and start 39 for the Bears. He finished his career with 158 tackles, 9.5 tackles for losses, two sacks and three forced fumbles. He also had 17 passes defensed and 10 interceptions. He was honorable mention All-Pac 12 last season. He plays with good instincts and toughness. "Really good range in coverage," ESPN analyst Mel Kiper said. "I thought he really (sought) out that football. ... He has to be a more consistent tackler."

AJC’s 2020 POSITION BY POSITION DRAFT SERIES

Quarterbacks: Joe Burrow leads classTop 10
Running backs: Cam Akers' life lessonTop 10
Tight ends:  Harrison Bryant top prospect Top 10 
Guards/Centers:  Solomon Kindley a late-rounderTop 10 
Offensive tackles:  Austin Jackson's life lesson | Top 10 
Wide receivers: Jeudy or Lamb  | Top 10
Defensive tackles: Brown, Kinlaw stand outTop 10
Defensive ends: A 'generational' talentTop 10
Linebackers: Simmons a position-less LBTop 10
Safeties: Loaded with Georgia talent | Top 10
Special teams:  Georgia's kick-centered | Return with flashTop 10
Cornerbacks:  Jeff Okudah a lockdown CB | Top 10

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