Ex-Michigan safety, WR find new NFL homes

NFL training camps are underway, and two undrafted rookies out of Michigan have found new homes.

Receiver Daylen Baldwin signed with the Cleveland Browns on Wednesday, while safety Brad Hawkins inked a deal with the New England Patriots on Tuesday.

Both are now with their second NFL teams since going undrafted in April. Baldwin, who signed with the New York Giants in May before getting cut, transferred from Jackson State to Michigan ahead of the 2021 season. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Southfield native appeared in 14 games for the Wolverines and made five starts, finishing with 17 receptions for 256 yards and two touchdowns.

Hawkins played five seasons at Michigan and was a three-year starter before latching on with the Atlanta Falcons after the draft. He totaled 178 tackles, including seven for loss, eight pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in his Wolverines career and was a third-team all-Big Ten selection in 2021.

Neither Hawkins nor Baldwin were invited to the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine, but both worked out at Michigan’s pro day.

Now, the challenge for the former Michigan duo will be surviving cuts during training camp as teams finalize their 53-player rosters before the regular season.

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