Cal's Hawkins debuts in a big way on Big Board

Lavelle Hawkins found a home at Cal in Jeff Tedford's offense, and he's proven to be one of the top wide receivers in the nation, writes Mel Kiper.

Originally Published: October 17, 2007
By Mel Kiper Jr. |
Cal lost a chance at the No. 1 ranking, losing at home Oregon State. Despite the loss, Cal WR Lavelle Hawkins saw his NFL draft stock rise dramatically. He proved to be almost unstoppable, finishing with nine receptions for 192 yards (21.3 yards per catch) and two touchdowns.

Lavelle Hawkins
Jed Jacobsohn/Getty ImagesLavelle Hawkins had a season-high nine receptions against Oregon State.
Hawkins has blazing speed, shows excellent hands and concentration, has great feet and is able to accelerate and locate the deep ball as well as any receiver in the country, and that's why he debuts on this week's Top 25 Big Board at No. 25.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst