Draft Capsule: DT Johnathan Hankins

Draft Capsule: DT Johnathan Hankins

April 20, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Mark Strotman
Johnathan Hankins (DT), Ohio State
 
6-3 | 320 lbs.
 
2012 stats:
 
55 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 1.0 sacks
 
Projection: 
 
1st-2nd round
 
Strengths:
 
There's something poetic about a 320-pound defensive tackle being able to move as quick as Hankins. He isn't going to rack up double-digit sack totals in the NFL but he is able to get inside lanes and gaps to plug run holes and does a solid job breaking free from his opponent. He's an incredibly strong defender who can also take on double-teams and free up blitzing linebackers or stunting defensive ends. He is durable, even at his size, starting all 25 games for the Buckeyes the past two seasons.
 
Weaknesses:
 

Because he has such a strong upper-body, he doesn't always get great leverage on blockers and that can get him out of position. Like most players his size, he tends to wear down late in games, and he even lost 15 pounds from his junior to sophomore year. His production also dipped in that span, so teams will need to figure out what his proper playing weight is.
 
Fit for Bears:
 
Many expect Henry Melton to be the foundation to the Bears' interior line for the foreseeable future, meaning the Bears would really have to love Hankins to select him in the first or second round. With Stephen Paea in the mix, someone has to be the odd-man out, and they wouldn't rotate enough to justify spending an early pick on him. However, Hankins has shown up in multiple mock drafts as a pick for the Packers, who could use Hankins as a defensive end in their 3-4 defense. Who knows? Hankins may be a name worth watching when the NFC opponents are on the clock.