Do the NY Giants have a sixth-round sleeper on their hands? That's what plenty of people are thinking these days, as rookie cornerback Tre Hawkins III can't stop making plays in East Rutherford. While Hawkins has been running mostly with the 2s this week, he has been quite impressive.
Out of Old Dominion, the 6-3, 195-pounder has great size for a CB and he's also got fantastic leaping ability. With his quick wheels too, it's helping him make life difficult for some of the Big Blue wide receivers. Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale must love seeing this:
NY Giants rookie Tre Hawkins III has fans excited with his play
On that particular play, Hawkins was matched up with wideout Jeff Smith and he won the battle. Hawkins was all over him, barely giving him an inch to breathe, let alone try and come down with a reception here.
Hawkins didn't enter camp with much hype, as he was a late-round pick and a lot of people were focused on first-rounder Deonte Banks. With Banks' confidence and swagger - plus him being the No. 24 overall selection - it's easy to see why countless NY supporters were excited to see what he could do.
However, Hawkins has basically come in from out of nowhere and proven he can be a quality depth piece for this team. Not only that, but Martindale's confidence in throwing the first-year defensive back out there for some significant action must be growing.
It's still early in the summer and we won't know Hawkins' true potential until the pads come on, but this kid is looking like the real deal right now. A quick look on Twitter shows that Giants fans are loving this 'hidden gem' that general manager Joe Schoen was able to land in late April. Hawkins in winning over plenty of folks in East Rutherford, that's for sure.