Hawthorne is a very intriguing prospect. He has all the physical tools to be a difference-maker in secondary, but lacks the discipline and ball skills you want in a starting NFL corner.
Fortunately, his weaknesses can be worked with. You can't teach speed and height, and on tape, Hawthorne has plenty of it.
He shows the ability to recover when beat, and is physical enough to play the run quite well. Can play in both man and zone schemes, which gives him some versatility in the 49ers sub packages.
Hawthorne also has excellent awareness when it comes to reading routes, but will need to work on finishing plays, which is why I questioned his ball skills.
Reminds me a lot of Chris Culliver, who the 49ers selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft. Culliver was projected to go after the fifth round, but Trent Baalke gambled and selected the South Carolina product earlier than expected.
Like Culliver, Hawthorne has the physical tools to succeed, but lacks the discipline expected from a starting corner.
I can envision a team selecting Hawthorne in the fourth round or even third round, but I say he drops into the third day.