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Johnathan Hankins | Defensive Tackle

Team: Ohio State Buckeyes
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 335

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Giants selected Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins with the No. 49 overall pick.
Tutored by former NFLer Mike Vrabel at Ohio State, Hankins adds more depth to the Giants' rebuilt defensive line. Hankins (6-3, 320) was a hot-and-cold player in the B1G, flashing lots of talent but an inconsistent motor. Not a three-technique rusher, Hankins is more of a 4-3 nose tackle. He managed 16.5 career tackles for loss and five sacks as a Buckeye. Hankins confirmed his underwhelming athleticism with a 5.31 forty and molasses-slow 1.82 ten-yard split at the Combine Fri, Apr 26, 2013 07:46:00 PM

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Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins played 85.7 percent of snaps in 2012 according to STATS' John Pollard.

The statistic comes at an interesting time as there were concerns about Hankins' frame following the combine, where it looked a bit sloppy. He's had some motor issues in the past. However, Hankins has flashed pass rush potential, which will likely result in teams drafting him in the first couple of rounds.
Mon, Mar 4, 2013 03:03:00 PM

Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins ran an official forty time of 5.31 seconds at the NFL Combine.

Hankins' 10 yard split was 1.82. The Buckeye's frame is extremely sloppy, but there are some very natural movement skills to his game. A team will have to mold him, but Hankins' flashes are outstanding.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 02:44:00 PM

Some teams Daniel Jeremiah has spoken with feel Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins is more likely to go at the top of the second-round than in the first.

Jeremiah himself gave Hankins a late first-round grade, similar to our evaluation. "Hankins has excellent functional strength and should fit in very nicely as a 3-4 defensive end at the next level," Jeremiah writes. "As a pass rusher, he relies almost solely on power to push the pocket."
Thu, Feb 14, 2013 11:38:00 AM

Ohio State junior DT Johnathan Hankins will enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

The announcement is not surprising, as Hankins has the "potential" to be the best defensive player in this class. The junior is thickly built with strength to anchor, and even flashes quick feet to disrupt the backfield. However, the issue with Hankins is inconsistency and the mammoth defensive tackle vanished at times this season. We expect him to be a first-round pick, but there are other, safer options.
Mon, Dec 10, 2012 02:34:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler stated that his notes on Ohio State junior DT Johnathan Hankins started at "glowing" and now are "extremely average."

This sums up Hankins' 2012 season very well, as many (including us) were very impressed with the Buckeye's sophomore tape. However, this season, Hankins has disappeared far too often and it is obvious his motor drains in the late stages of games. With Star Lotulelei topping the defensive tackle list, Hankins should fear Jesse Williams and Sheldon Richardson passing him in rankings.
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 09:56:00 AM

SI's Tony Pauline is hearing that Ohio State junior DT Johnathan Hankins has told people around him that it is "95 percent" certain he is entering April's Draft.

Pauline adds that sources also say that head coach Urban Meyer "has been making a full court press" to get Hankins to stay one more season. The junior has apparently listened to what Meyer is saying, but 95 percent is a pretty strong stance. Prior to the season, Hankins appeared more open to returning for a final year. Although he hasn't been as consistently dominant as many hope, Hankins will battle to be the top defensive tackle selected.
Tue, Nov 13, 2012 03:09:00 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang credited Ohio State junior DT Johnathan Hankins' ability to control the line of scrimmage as potentially the deciding factor in the team's win over Cal.

Hankins possesses the desired combination of power and and first step quickness and it is what makes him our top draft-eligible defensive tackle prospect. The junior played at both interior spots along with seeing snaps at defensive end and although we doubt he can be effective on the edge at the next level, his anchor transcends any spot. Even against a mobile Cal quarterback in senior Zach Maynard, Hankins was able to close in for a timely sack to go along with 10 tackles.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Sep 17, 2012 12:12:00 PM

NFL Network draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Ohio State junior Jonathan Hankins is the top draft-eligible DT prospect.

Reuter loves Hankins' size, motor, and versatility to play along the defensive line due to "exceptional athleticism", earning him a comparison to Kris Jenkins. We absolutely agree with this statement and consider Hankins the top player at his position. Utah senior Star Lotulelei comes in second and draws a comparison to Ryan Pickett. Florida junior Sharrif Floyd, Georgia senior Johnathan Jenkins, and Purdue senior Kawann Short round out the top five.
Thu, Jul 12, 2012 01:10:00 PM

Despite being one of the top draft-eligible prospects in the country, Ohio State junior DT Johnathan Hankins' main focus is winning a national title.

This is important because Ohio State is on a bowl suspension in 2012, therefore Hankins' only opportunity to win a national title would be as a senior. "If I'm the first overall top pick, I'll probably go... But if not, I'll stay with my teammates and enjoy my life at Ohio State," he said. Many are suggesting Hankins has a shot to be drafted very high, but we think even the top spot is not out of the question because of his athletic footwork for a big man and his habit of consistently winning on first contact.
Thu, Jun 28, 2012 01:03:00 PM