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Undrafted Michigan DB cut by Atlanta Falcons –

Michigan defensive back Brad Hawkins defends against Minnesota in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Minneapolis. Michigan won 49-24. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)AP
NFL teams are beginning to gear up for training camp, and with that come assorted roster moves.
The Atlanta Falcons made one on Wednesday that included former Michigan defensive back Brad Hawkins, who was cut by the franchise to make room for veteran defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, according to the team.
Hawkins, a safety, went undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft and later signed with the Falcons as a free agent. He appeared at Atlanta’s rookie minicamp back in May, an introductory series of workouts for first-year players, and there was a belief he could stick until training camp.
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The 6-foot-1, 221-pound Hawkins played five seasons at Michigan, where he collected 178 total tackles (seven for a loss), eight passes defended, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He was a third-team all-Big Ten selection in 2021, and voted an alternate captain by his teammates.
The Camden, N.J., native had his pre-draft exposure limited after failing to earn an invite to the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine, but posted 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and a 37-inch vertical at a Michigan-hosted pro day event in March. Hawkins also ran the coveted 40-yard dash in 4.57 seconds.
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