Pro Highlights

  • Was one of four 2016 undrafted free agents to play 10-plus games for the Packers as rookies.
  • Saw action in 11 games in 2016, posting a pass defensed on defense and four tackles on special teams.
  • Appeared in all three postseason games and recorded a tackle on special teams.


Former walk-on who started 28 of 50 career games at East Carolina, totaling 139 tackles (88 solo), including 3½ for a loss, a forced fumble, nine interceptions and 22 pass breakups…Ranked at the top of the FBS in several defensive categories, including interceptions (13th), pass breakups (26th) and interception return yards (33rd)…Earned his degree in sports studies with a minor in business…Senior season (2015): Started 10 of 12 games played, logging 42 tackles (27 solo), two interceptions for 100 return yards and four pass breakups…Helped lead the Pirates to an opening-day win vs. Towson (Sept. 5), logging five tackles (three solo), an interception and a pass breakup…Tied for the team lead in tackles with nine (six solo) at Brigham Young (Oct. 10) and added a pass breakup…Recorded six tackles (three solo) and returned an interception 100 yards for the first and only TD of his career vs. Tulsa (Oct. 17)…His triple-digit return yardage tied a single-game school record and also earned him American Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors and an honorable mention for the Jim Thorpe Award...Junior season (2014): Started 11 of 13 games played as a junior in 2014, recording a career-high 44 tackles (31 solo), including 1½ for a loss, a forced fumble, five interceptions and 11 pass breakups…Was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award…Registered at least one pass breakup in seven of 13 games and six straight from the South Carolina (Sept. 6) to Connecticut (Oct. 23) contests…Logged four tackles (all solo), an interception and two pass breakups at South Carolina (Sept. 6)…Posted a season-high eight tackles (seven solo), a career-high two interceptions and a pass breakup at No. 17 Virginia Tech (Sept. 13)…Sophomore season (2013): Started four of 13 games played, totaling 40 tackles (24 solo), including one for a loss, an interception and four pass breakups…Logged six tackles (four solo) and picked off a pass and returned it 26 yards, adding a pass breakup, vs. Florida Atlantic (Sept. 5)…Redshirt freshman season (2012): Started three of 12 games played, recording 13 tackles (six solo), including one for a loss, an interception and three pass breakups…Registered four tackles (two solo), including one for a loss, an interception and a pass breakup in his first collegiate game action at Southern Mississippi (Sept. 15)…Earned a position on the ECU roster as a walk-on.


Given name Josh Rashard Hawkins; nickname is “Hawk”…Born in Winston-Salem, N.C. …High school: Attended Glenn High School in Kernersville, N.C., where he rushed for a county-high 1,612 yards and contributed 20 TDs on 222 carries (7.3 avg.) in his final season…Ran for 1,828 yards and 17 TDs while also serving as starting safety during his junior year in 2009…Lettered all four years in football and also played lacrosse…Named the Triad Sports Weekly Forsythe County Offensive Player of the Year and was selected as the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2010…Named to the Winston-Salem Journal’s All-Northwest Team in 2009 and 2010…Community involvement: Participated in the Packers Give Back Celebrity Bowling event…Was an active participant in the local Boys and Girls clubs while in college…Also helped with trash pickup and volunteered at elementary schools in the area…Residence: Winston-Salem, N.C.