Glad you brought this up. He has displayed some coverage ability, not saying this just because of the 7 ints, because there were definitely 2 or 3 tipped ones in there. But, I saw pretty consistent ability of him to work efficiently in space against running backs and te's. Not saying that i'd stick him on Jimmy or Darren, not too many can hang with them in the first place, but I don't recall him ever getting beat badly.
This last statement is part of the reason, I've been lauding Cj Mosley. Mosley was incredibly fluid in space on te's and rbs. The worst I saw him look were the times where he was matched up with the slot receiver. If we can't get one of the top pass rushers, I would like to try and find someone competent in covering those match-up nightmares. thought Hawthorne would bring some of that and maybe the injury just derailed any hope of a good season. Whatever the case, a coverage LB is my next need after pass rusher.