There is a pretty good article up on Patriots.com about draft day sleepers. http://www.patriots.com/news/index.cfm?ac=latestnewsdetail&pid=18866&pcid=46 What about this Brent Hawkins guy from Illinois State? I doubt many, if any, of us have ever seen an Illinois State football game but does anyone have any insight on him? These guys seem to like him and he sounds like he would be a good fit in the Patriots defense. Brent Hawkins, Illinois State Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Looking for the possible steal of the draft who is also a perfect fit for the Patriots system? If so, Hawkins could be your man. Hawkins began his college career at Purdue before transferring to Illinois State where he was a two-year starter. He dominated at the Division I-AA level, recording 17 sacks and 26.5 tackles for loss as a senior. Hawkins has one of the quickest first steps of any player in this draft and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something you just canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t teach. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so quick off the ball that he looks like heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s offsides most of the time. He played defensive end in college but at 245 pounds, Hawkins projects as a 3-4 edge rusher in the NFL. He was the Defensive MVP of the Hula Bowl and with his athletic ability Hawkins has as much upside of any defensive player in this draft. Hawkins isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t only athletic but he shows good instincts on the field and is also better in coverage than most people would think. Hawkins is a little raw and did play against a lower level of competition than some of the other 3-4 tweeners in this draft. He has a good swim move but sometimes when he doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t beat his man to the outside bigger linemen can overpower him. Overall though, Hawkins has very few holes in his game when it comes to rushing the quarterback. Hawkins wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fit into every scheme but he has the freakish skills to be an impact player in the right system and that system is the one the Patriots run. Give Belichick a guy with HawkinsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ raw physical tools and ability to rush the passer and you could be looking at a Pro Bowler two or three years down the road. He has that much upside. There hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been much buzz about Hawkins but if he lands in New England on draft day, Patriots fans may look back years from know and laugh at where the team selected one of the most dominant 3-4 pass rushers in the NFL. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m telling you, this guy has that kind of potential if he goes to the right team.