117. Joe Hawley, C, UNLV, 6-foot-3, 297-pounds: Bench pressed225 pounds 35 times at the NFL scouting combine. He’s considered a tough, smart blocker who excels in tight spaces. He breakdowns in space occassionally. Has played all three of the interior line positions. Has experience making the calls along the line and has done some long snapping. Is nine hours away from getting his degree. He was born Oct, 22, 1988 in Bakersfield, Ca. Played high school football at Esperanza in Anaheim, Ca. Chose UNLV over Wisconsin and Arizona.
Q: How did you feel about getting selected by the Falcons?
A: I’m really excited about it. They are one of the teams that I really wanted to go to. I’m glad they pulled the trigger on me. I’m excited about the organization. They are a really good team.
Q: What was your relationship with them during the pre-draft process?