Hawkins was originally selected by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft (126th overall). Through five seasons with the Titans, he hauled in 71 receptions for 771 yards and a touchdown. His most productive year came in 2011 as he appeared in all 16 regular season games for Tennessee and tallied 47 catches for 470 yards.
The former University of California grad, who also saw time with the San Diego Chargers in 2013 as a returner, will be reunited with his former college head coach Jeff Tedford when he reports to the Lions in late-April for the club’s offseason workout.
“Lavelle is an elusive and talented receiver who brings significant experience to our team,” said Tedford. “He’s a gifted route-runner who will be able to take advantage of our larger field and I look forward to seeing how he will contribute to our offense.”