David Hawthorne | New Orleans Saints | LB
2012 Experience: 5th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: David Hawthorne joined fellow free agent Curtis Lofton in New Orleans, but it appears Hawthorne will be the one playing on the weak side. Still considered a three down linebacker, Hawthorne can do a respectable job in pass coverage, and should continue to hold LB3 value, from his new position.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
David Hawthorne started the 2010 season out slow despite winning a starting job after his outstanding performance in the second half of the 2009 season. Part of the reason for Hawthorne’s slow start was the return of Lofa Tatupu, but when the veteran started to fall off because of injury, Hawthone stepped up and went on another strong run in the second half.
Tatupu has clearly aged beyond his years, and Hawthorne is the top linebacker from the Seahawks to draft this summer, and he makes for a nice value pick. I have a hard time calling a guy, who’s had over 100 tackles each of the past two seasons a sleeper, so I’m not going to call him one. That said, Hawthorne probably won’t get the respect he probably deserves on draft day and you should easily be able to draft him as a third or fourth option at your tackle heavy IDP draft.
8/2011 Update – Lofa Tatupu is gone and Hawthorne is likely to take over the middle for good. Look for Hawthorne as an option you can stash as a No.3 linebacker but is really ready to perform as a No.2 to even No.1 linebacker on your squad. In highly competitive leagues, I would go as far as to nab Hawthorne as a later No.2 linebacker for your squad, as he will produce, so don’t wait too long if you want him on your team.
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2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook
David Hawthorne was a waiver wire darling last season as he filled in at middle linebacker for Lofa Tatupu. Not only was Hawthorne a good source for tackles but he made plays and that made him worth starting on IDP squads every week. This year Tatupu is back and Hawthorne is moving over to weak-side linebacker. Leroy Hill is supposed to be the teams starter but he will have a two game suspension for off the field issues. Hawthorne has received great praise from his new coaching staff this offseason and could unseat Hill if he plays well early on. This makes Hawthorne a very interesting roll of the dice on draft day.