Weight: 322 pounds
Position: Defensive Lineman
School: Ohio State
The elevator speech on Johnathan Hankins would use just five words: big man who can move.
Carrying around 300+ pounds is no easy task, but Hankins does this well, showing the quickness needed to burst through the line of scrimmage.
He’s no one-trick pony as he also has the ability to drop into coverage if needed, according to CBSSports.com analyst Dane Brugler.
Agility is good, but you also need the ability to read what’s happening on the field; Hankins certainly has that.
With good instincts and eagle eyes that can track the movement of a play, he is tough against the run. Hankins has very strong hands, so he has little problem in closing the deal once he gets to the guy with the ball.
Physical strength can work for you unless you don't leverage it properly. Brugler says Hankins relies too much on his upper-body strength at times, and needs to let the hands do the work. In addition, Hankins needs to develop more poise on the field and avoid unnecessary penalties (such as last season’s late hit on the quarterback in the Michigan State game).
Conditioning has also been called into question as Hankins tends to be gassed late in games and checking out of plays. Over the past two seasons, he has battled a minor knee sprain and wore a brace most of the time. To make matters worse, his performance at the Combine has been described simply as "sloppy."
Potential Landing Spots and Draft Projection:
According to NFLDraftScout.com, the overall projection is that Hankins will be picked in the first round and 28th overall. Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com expects the Denver Broncos to select Hankins using the 28th pick.
Brugler and his CBS colleague Clark Judge believe the Indianapolis Colts will take him with the 24th pick, while Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com is somewhat going out on a limb by projecting that the Dallas Cowboys, with the 18th pick, will take the jumbo tackle.
The comparisons between Hankins and other pros have been a mix of compliments and slams. Brugler says Hankins is a lot like Seattle Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane – a tough defender against the run, able to dominate blockers, but without the chops to play every single down.
Because they are both Ohio State guys, Hankins has also been compared to Dan “Big Daddy” Wilkinson, which Rang has pointed out recently.
If you read between the lines on that, you’ll see that Hankins doesn’t want to turn out like Wilkinson, who never lived up to the hype after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him No. 1 back in 1994.