A closer look at Atlanta’s 2022 undrafted free agents
CB Matt Hankins, Iowa
A second-team All-Big Ten selection, Matt Hankins was one of the key leaders of the Iowa defense that amassed a record-breaking 25 interceptions in 2022. Playing five years at the University of Iowa, Hankins played in 49 games and started 37 with the Hawkeyes, earning a full-time starting role by just his second year.
In his 10 games played in 2022, Hankins amassed 44 total tackles (32 solo), one tackle for loss, eight passes defended, and three interceptions. Hankins’ career was unfortunately cut short after a shoulder injury sidelined him for the last six games of his final season.
During his five years in a Hawkeyes uniform, Hankins racked up 212 total tackles (136 solo), two and a half tackles for loss, 27 passes defended, and six interceptions.
S Brad Hawkins, Michigan
Atlanta brought in another Big Ten defensive back in former Michigan Wolverine Brad Hawkins. With the Wolverines, Hawkins appeared in a program-record 56 games and was named to the 2021 All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten teams.
Hawkins was one of the key defensive pieces that took Michigan to the College Football Playoff, where they fell to eventual CFP National Champion Georgia in a 34-11 loss on New Years’ Eve.
In his final season at Michigan, Hawkins compiled 60 tackles, four pass breakups, three tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery, which was a game-sealing recovery over Nebraska.
DL Timothy Horne, Kansas State
Atlanta brought in a Big 12 defensive lineman, bringing in Timothy Horne from Kansas State. The 6’3″, 321-pound tackle played in 55 career college football games, making 30 starts in his career.
After playing four years with the Charlotte 49ers, Horne played his final season with the Kansas State Wildcats. In his final season of college football at Kansas State, Horne racked up18 tackles (16 solo), three tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
Horne didn’t play in Kansas State’s Texas Bowl matchup with LSU, electing to be with his wife and family after the birth of his son.
During his four seasons at Charlotte, Horne amassed 101 tackles (44 solo), 13.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two passes defended, and two fumble recoveries. Horne also led Charlotte to their first bowl game in school history, starting at defensive tackle in their Bahamas Bowl matchup against Buffalo in 2019.